Location: Commodity Utilization ResearchTitle: Preface for "Agricultural and environmental applications of biochar: Advances and barriers"
Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/19/2016
Publication Date: 4/22/2016
Citation: Guo, M., He, Z., Uchimiya, S.M. 2016. Preface for "Agricultural and environmental applications of biochar: Advances and barriers." In: Guo, M., He, H., Uchimiya, S.M., editors. SSSA Special Publication 63. Madison, WI:Soil Science Society of America, Inc. p. v-viii.
Interpretive Summary: This book aims to push forward the practical utilization of biochar by recognizing the gap between biochar research and application and pinpointing the barriers to field uses of biochar. Fifty seven international scientists and professionals active in biochar research and application were invited to contribute to the book contents. There are 21 chapters in the book, reporting on the recent advances of biochar research and the global status of biochar application. It attempts to present a whole picture of biochar in its production, characterization, application, and development, deliberating the scientific findings, uncertainties, and barriers to practice of biochar amendment for sustaining soil fertility, improving crop production, promoting animal performance, remediating water and land, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
Technical Abstract: This book involved tremendous efforts from a team of authors, reviewers, and editors. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the authors for composing the enlightening chapters. All the chapters were peer-reviewed twice or more by anonymous professionals. The constructive comments from the reviewers significantly improved the quality of this publication. Special thanks are conveyed to Lisa Al-Amoodi and Nicole Sandler at the ACSESS Books Editorial Office for their superb coordination efforts during execution of this book project. Additional thanks extend to Brent A. Hill from Lyceum Editing who provided excellent editorial assistance to the book compilation.