Biochar Introduction and Uses Webinar
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series
A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona.
Featured Topic: Biochar Introduction and Uses
Featured Speaker: Dr. Janick Artiola is an associate professor in the Soil, Water & Environmental Science Department and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension water quality specialist. He regularly presents workshops and publishes information for Arizona’s domestic well owners. His research experience includes the management saline water and soils, the land application of biosolids, and the characterization and use green waste-derived biochar materials to improve soils and remove contaminants from runoff water.
Webinar Overview: Biochar is the same as charcoal, made from the incomplete combustion of wood or other biomass products. Biochar made from green waste can be good for the climate and environment. Since burning wood does not add fossil carbon to the atmosphere, making and using biochar is considered a carbon-negative process. Adding biochar to soil can store carbon for many generations and help lower CO2 gas emissions. Biochar can initially add salts and raise pH in semi-arid soils and is not ideally suited to most Southwest soils. Nonetheless, adding biochar to semi-desert soils can make plants more drought resistant, reduce plant nutrient losses, and when mixed with compost can improve soil structure.
Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension
Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/92158184740 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.