Biochar in Agriculture for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Biochar in Agriculture for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

1st Edition - May 2, 2022
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  • Editors: Daniel Tsang, Yong Ok
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323853439

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Biochar in Agriculture for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals introduces the state-of-the-art of biochar for agricultural applications to actualize sustainable development goals and highlight current challenges and the way forward. The book focuses on scientific knowledge and biochar technologies for agricultural soil improvement and plant growth. Sections provide state-of-the-art knowledge on biochar production and characterization, focus on biochar for agricultural application and soil improvement, discuss the roles of biochar for environmental improvement in farmland to relieve water and waste management as well as climate change, highlight biochar used for boosting bioeconomy and clean energy, and discuss future prospects. This book will be important to agricultural engineers and researchers as well as those seeking to improve overall soil and environmental conditions through the use of biochar.

Key Features

  • Focuses on biochar utilization in agricultural applications, targeting deeper elaboration of biochar as a cost-effective and renewable material in field-scale agriculture applications
  • Highlights biochar’s role in boosting the bioeconomy which shows great potential for promoting a circular economy and maximizing environmental, social and economic benefits
  • Connects biochar applications with sustainable development goals


Agricultural scientists/engineers, soil scientists, environmental scientists/engineers, researchers and practitioners in the agricultural/environmental industry, undergraduate and graduate students in agricultural science, soil science, environmental engineering/sciences, environmental and sustainable development, water and waste management, civil engineering, chemical engineering

Table of Contents

  • Part I Introduction
    1. Sustainable Development Goals and grand challenges
    2. Biochar for achieving Sustainable Development Goals

    Part II Biochar Production and Tunable Properties
    3. Application-oriented production of biochar from biomass
    4. Physical/chemical modification of biochar properties
    5. Advanced characterization of biochar properties
    6. Surface modelling of biochar properties

    Part III Biochar for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production
    7. Biochar for enhancing crop yield (crop A, region A)
    8. Biochar for enhancing crop yield (crop B, region B)
    9. Biochar for enhancing crop yield (crop C, region C)
    10. Biochar for ensuring food safety (contaminant group A)
    11. Biochar for ensuring food safety (contaminant group B)
    12. Biochar for ensuring food safety (contaminant group C)
    13. Biochar for promoting bacterial diversity in soil environment
    14. Biochar for promoting fungal diversity in soil environment
    15. Biochar for promoting soil health (bioassays)
    16. Biochar for promoting soil health (earthworms)

    Part IV Biochar for Environmental Improvement in Farmland
    17. Biochar for sustainable agricultural waste management
    18. Biochar for carbon sequestration and climate change in farmland
    19. Biochar for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
    20. Biochar for mitigating soil erosion
    21. Biochar for agricultural wastewater treatment in farmland
    22. Biochar for improving surface runoff quality in farmland

    Part V Biochar for Circular Bioeconomy and Clean Energy for Sustainable Agriculture
    23. Biochar for boosting circular economy of sustainable agriculture
    24. Biochar as clean and eco-friendly energy source in farmland
    25. Biochar for energy storage applications
    26. Industrial production of biochar and cost-benefit analysis
    27. Life cycle analysis of biochar in agriculture

    Part VI Future Prospects
    28. Future research directions of biochar applications for sustainable agriculture
    29. Biochar for fostering the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals

Product details

  • No. of pages: 335
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: May 2, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323853439
  • About the Editors

    Daniel Tsang

    Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. He was an IMETE Visiting Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the US, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Post-doctoral Fellow at Imperial College London in the UK and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dan’s research strives to develop low-impact solutions to promote circular economy, sustainable waste management, and decarbonization strategies. Dan has published over 400 research papers in top 10% journals and currently serves as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member in several prestigious journals. Dan has received the Excellence in Review Award at Green Chemistry and Environmental Science and Technology, etc. Dan is the Chair and Organizer of many international conferences including 5th Asia Pacific Biochar Conference (APBC2021).

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor and Programme Leader, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong polytechnic University

    Yong Ok

    Dr. Yong Sik Ok is Full Professor in Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, where he also serves as Director of Korea Biochar Research Center. Prof. Ok served a number of positions worldwide including Honorary Professor at University of Queensland, Australia, Adjunct Professor at University of Wuppertal, Germany and Guest Professor at Ghent University Global Campus, Ghent University, Belgium. Prof. Ok holds B.S. (1998), M.Sc. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) from Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Prof. Ok was Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada and held Visiting Professorships in Department of Renewable Resources (University of Alberta), in Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University), in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and in Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (National University of Singapore). Prof. Ok's academic background covers waste management, bioavailability of emerging contaminants, and bioenergy and value-added products. Prof. Ok also has experience in fundamental soil science and remediation of various contaminants in soils and sediments. Prof. Ok has published over 550 research papers, 36 of which were ranked as ESI top papers (32 nominated as "Highly Cited Papers" and 4 nominated as "Hot Paper"). Prof. Ok maintains a worldwide professional network through his service as Co-Editor for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, and Associate Editor for Environmental Pollution, and as Editorial Board of Chemosphere, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis and several other international scientific journals. In addition, Prof. Ok has served as Guest Editor for many leading journals, such as Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Bioresource Technology, Science of the Total Environment, Chemosphere, Plant and Soil, and Geoderma. Prof. Ok has served as chairman of many conferences globally, such as The 20th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment (ICHMET 2020, Korea).

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Full Professor, Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea Director, Korea Biochar Research Center.