Biochar Malaysia 2010

Sarah represented the biocharm project at this workshop on 25.03.10 at the University of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It had a varied programme which included the potential of biochars to remediate polluted soils from Dr. Hale and Cornelissen from the Norwegien Geotechnical Institute. Passive sampling of soils, sediments and water for pollutants / contaminants can be undertaken using Polyoxymethylene (POM). Strips of this plastic material can be incorporated into field sites and  after they have been in the ground long enough so that equilibrium has been reached, contaminants in the soil will have been absorbed into the transient cavity of the membrane which can then be removed from the site and analysed.

More on this technique of passive sampling to follow!

A summary of the networks for biochar research in SE Asia was given by Trevor Richards from the IBI SE Asia group.

A TLUD (version by Anderson) was demonstrated by the workshop host Dr Bachmann from the University of Kuala Lumpur who also discussed the production of biochar from household to industrial scale.

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