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Algal biochar: effects and applications data

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Title
Algal biochar: effects and applications data
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2012-07-09
Date Record Modified
2013-11-14
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2011-01-01
Time Period
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Geospatial Location
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Description
Descriptions
  1. Brief: In this study biochar was produced from one freshwater (FW) alga and one saltwater (SW) alga using commercial pyrolysis equipment, and the impact of biochar amendment on plant biomass production was assessed.
  2. Full: Algae represent a promising target for the generation of bioenergy through slow pyrolysis, leading to the production of biochar. This study reports experiments conducted on the production of freshwater and saltwater macroalgal biochar in pilotscale quantities, the physical and chemical characteristics of the biochars, and their impact on plant growth. The biochars are low in carbon (C) content, surface area and cation exchange capacity, while being high in ash and nutrients. Trace element analysis demonstrates that macroalgal biochar produced from unpolluted water does not contain toxic trace elements in excess of levels mandated for unrestricted use as a biosolids amendment to soils. Pot trials conducted using a C and nutrient-poor soil, without and with additional fertilizer, demonstrate dramatic increases between 15 and 32 times, respectively, in plant growth rate for biochar treatments compared with the no biochar controls, with additional smaller increases when fertilizer was added. Pot trials conducted using a relatively fertile agricultural soil showed smaller but significant impacts of biochar amendment over the controls.
  3. Note: The dataset is in open document spreadsheet (.ods) format.
Related Publications
  1. Bird, Michael I., Wurster, Christopher M., de Paula Silva, Pedro H., Paul, Nicholas A., and de Nys, Rocky (2012) Algal biochar: effects and applications. GCB Bioenergy, 4 (1). pp. 61-69. ISSN 1757-1707
  2. Bird, Michael I., Wurster, Christopher M., de Paula Silva, Pedro H., Bass, Adrian M., and de Nys, Rocky (2011) Algal biochar – production and properties. Bioresource Technology, 102 (2). 1886-1891. ISSN 1873-2976
Related Websites
  1. Professor Michael Bird
    Staff page on the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) website
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People
Creators
  1. Managed by: Prof Michael Bird , Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Studies, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  2. Aggregated by: Dr Chris Wurster , School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  3. Aggregated by: Mr Pedro De Paula Silva , School of Marine & Tropical Biology
  4. Aggregated by: Dr Nicholas Paul , School of Marine & Tropical Biology, Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
  5. Aggregated by: Prof Rocky de Nys , School of Marine & Tropical Biology, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
Primary Contact
Prof Michael Bird, michael.bird@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
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Collaborators
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 100199 - Agricultural Biotechnology not elsewhere classified (100199) (100199)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 829899 - Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production not elsewhere classified (829899) (829899)
  2. 961205 - Rehabilitation of Degraded Mining Environments (961205) (961205)
Keywords
  1. green tide algae
  2. soil carbon
  3. Carbon sequestration
  4. Biochar
  5. Seaweed
  6. Macroalgae
  7. Bioremediation
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Industries and Economies in the Tropics
Rights
Access Rights/Conditions
Open Access. If the data is not available via the provided link, please contact an associated party (preferrably the Manager as specified) for access.
Rights
This dataset is available under the Creative Commons - Attribution Australian licence
License
CC BY: Attribution 3.0 AU
License - Other
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Attachments
  1. algal_biochar_growth_trials_summary.ods (Data File, Public)
Stored At
Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia, Phone (07) 4042 1211 ; (Int) + 61 7 4042 1211, Fax (07) 40421284 ; (Int) + 61 7 4042 1284
Citation
Cite:
Bird, Michael.; Wurster, Chris.; De Paula Silva, Pedro.; Paul, Nicholas.; de Nys, Rocky. (2012). Algal biochar: effects and applications data. James Cook University. [Data files] jcu.edu.au/tdh/collection/a4e7a51e-80ec-47af-a069-c5bee0688f52