Although the production and use of biochar is an ancient practice in some parts of the world, the science behind the approach is still new. To better understand the potential of biochar for small farms in the region, ECHO Asia is preparing to work with UBI, Dr. Frogner's organization, to test the effects of biochar related to crop production at the ECHO Asia Seed Bank.
In October, Dr. Frogner worked with ECHO Asia staff and volunteers to develop a prototype biochar oven made from a 200-liter barrel. Sliced segments of bamboo where charred in the oven during a test run of the equipment. Despite a downpour during at the end of the burn, the char turned out very well.
ECHO Asia will be reporting on the progress and results of the upcoming trial.