Biochar Application

Biochar Application : Essential Soil Microbial Ecology

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Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology outlines the cutting-edge research on the interactions of complex microbial populations and their functional, structural, and compositional dynamics, as well as the microbial ecology of biochar application to soil, the use of different phyto-chemical analyses, possibilities for future research, and recommendations for climate change policy.

Biochar, or charcoal produced from plant matter and applied to soil, has become increasingly recognized as having the potential to address multiple contemporary concerns, such as agricultural productivity and contaminated ecosystem amelioration, primarily by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improving soil functions.

Biochar Application is the first reference to offer a complete assessment of the various impacts of biochar on soil and ecosystems, and includes chapters analyzing all aspects of biochar technology and application to soil, from ecogenomic analyses and application ratios to nutrient cycling and next generation sequencing. Written by a team of international authors with interdisciplinary knowledge of biochar, this reference will provide a platform where collaborating teams can find a common resource to establish outcomes and identify future research needs throughout the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 660g
  • United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0128034335
  • 9780128034330
  • 1,034,949

Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. The Impacts of Specific Biochar Feedstock and Production Conditions Application on Model or In Situ Microbial Communities

3. Lipid/Fatty Acid-Based Analysis of Biochar-Affected Ecosystems

4. Profiling of Culturable Biochar-Enriched Microbial Communities

5. TRFLP-/ARISA-Based Analysis of Biochar-Augmented Ecosystems

6. Next-Generation Sequencing to Elucidate Biochar-Affected Microbial Community Dynamics

7. Metagenomics Potential for Examining Biochar Impacts on Soil Abiotic and Biotic Processes

8. Elucidating the Impacts of Biochar Applications on Nutrient Cycling Microbial Communities

9. Microbial Ecology of the Trifolium Repens Rhizosphere Due to Biochar Augmentation

10. Potential Application of Biochar for Bioremediation of Contaminated Systems

11. Interactions of Biochar and Biological Degradation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Contaminated Soil

12. A Critical Analysis of Meso- and Macrofauna Effects Following Biochar Supplementation

13. Conclusion
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"...helps to fill a gap in discussions regarding biochar utilization by expressly considering the soil biota and excellent compendium of recent research into the effects of biochar additiononsoil microbial ecology...of interest to microbial ecologists and soil scientists as well as other researchers studying biochar utilization and the impact of biochar application on the soil ecosystem." --Quarterly Review of Biology
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About Dr. T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior

T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She has studied at the City University of New York, the University of Natal (South Africa), and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She held post-doctoral positions at the BioMEMS Laboratory of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Oxford. Komang is a STEM Ambassador and member of the Society for Applied Microbiology and the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Caroline H. Orr is Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at Teesside University, UK. She received the Avecia Prize for Biotechnology while studying at Northumbria University, where she received her PhD in Molecular Biology. She held postdoctoral positions at Northumbria and Newcastle Universities. Alongside teaching Caroline is active in research and collaborates with Northumbria and Newcastle University as well as local industrial partners. Caroline has published in peer reviewed journals of international quality and is a member of the Society for General Microbiology.
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