2011 ASA/SSSA/CSSA Meeting and other Soils Sources

Erin Rasmussen

he 2011 ASA/SSSA/CSSA (American Society of Agronomy /Soil Science Society of America/Crop Science Society of America) annual meeting held October 16-19, 2011 in San Antonio, TX featured nearly 60 presentations and posters that involved biochar. More than half of these were concentrated in three oral biochar-focused sessions and 20 presentations were recorded and are available on-line at the meeting website (specific links are embedded below)

https://a-c-s.confex.com/crops/2011am/webprogram/Session8229.html

S11 Soils & Environmental Quality Land application of biochar can potentially be used to help combat global warming by enhancing soil carbon sequestration because of its recalcitrant nature in the environment. Biochar application can also influence the physical, chemical and biological processes in soil ecosystems. Environmental Functions of Biochar session will focus on the effects of biochar on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics in relation to greenhouse gas emission, soil nutrient transformations and leaching, and environmental fate of organic compounds.