Special Issue "Interaction of Biochar on Organic Waste Composting"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).
Interests: soil organic matter; organic waste recycling; composting; biochar; greenhouse gases
Interests: agronomic and environmental evaluation of amendments; GHG emissions of organic residues; SOC modelling of amended soil; soil biochemistry; relationship between soil fertility and crop quality
The combination of biochar with inorganic and organic amendments has attracted the attention of the scientific community due to the agronomic benefits associated with the interaction of biochar with soil nutrient and organic carbon cycling. An interesting example of this interaction are the synergies that biochar may have with the composting process. The use of biochar as an additive in organic waste composting presents several benefits to the process in terms of enhanced organic matter degradation and humification and reduction of N losses and greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, biochar itself undergoes an intense oxidation leading to changes on its surface chemistry that enhances its interaction with nutrients and soluble organic matter. However, there is still limited information on the agronomic and environmental benefits and the constraints of using organic amendments combined with biochars compared to the amendments alone.
In this Special Issue we are open to contributions (research papers and a reduced number of reviews) exploring the interaction of biochar with organic matter and nutrients during organic waste transformation (composting, anaerobic digestion, etc.) and also its use in combination with mineral or organic fertilisers or as a component of soil-less growing media. Laboratory or field scale experiments assessing either the preparation of these new organic amendments or their use in agriculture (considering aspects such as plant-soil interactions, soil fertility, nutrient use efficiency, C sequestration potential, crop yield, plant health, fate of pollutants, GHG emissions, etc.) are welcome.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Sanchez-Monedero
Dr. Claudio Mondini
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- soil fertlity
- greenhouse gas emissions
- nitrogen losses
- nitrogen use efficiency
- maturation and stability indices
- nutrient availability
- nutrient retention