Special Issue "Functions of Biochar in Carbon Emission and Carbon Sequestration in Forest Ecosystems"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Soil".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 September 2024 | Viewed by 179

Special Issue Editor

Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
Interests: ecosystem ecology; soil microbiology; carbon cycle; succession; biochar

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Applying biochar to soil would be one of the cheapest and most promising options for mitigating climate change through stable and long-term carbon sequestration. Biochar is widely applied in agriculture, and many studies have shown the effects of biochar input on soil and plant growth. However, the potential for carbon sequestration using biochar in forest ecosystems (which can fix vast amounts of organic carbon in both plant biomass and soil) has not been fully tested. This Special Issue aims to collect and organize information on the effects of biochar application on various components of forest ecosystems, and to provide an outlook on the potential for carbon sequestration with biochar in forest ecosystems. In recent years, large-scale field biochar application experiments have been conducted in forest ecosystems, and the results of these studies will provide useful information on more realistic ecosystem responses that could not be revealed only through laboratory experiments. This Special Issue invites papers which focus on biochar applications in forest ecosystems. In particular, we welcome papers that demonstrate the effects of field biochar application experiments on ecosystem components or ecosystem functions. Papers on laboratory experiments conducted on forest soils or tree species are also included.

Dr. Shinpei Yoshitake
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biochar
  • carbon cycle
  • carbon sequestration
  • plant growth
  • soil microbes
  • soil nutrients
  • primary production
  • soil organic matter
  • organic matter decomposition
  • forest management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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