Wake Forest Biology Professor Miles Silman, holder of the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Chair in Conservation Biology, is one of the organizers and lead speakers at a workshop dedicated to the use of biochar as the basis of sustainable agriculture in Lima, Peru, held August 17-18, 2015. This workshop was co-organized by the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin. Biochar is a substance produced when biomass is heated to very high temperatures in an oxygen-free environment. In addition to its uses in agriculture, biochar can also play an important role in carbon sequestration. Silman’s presentation was in a session titled Biochar applications in remediation, reforestation, and renewable energy. Professor Abdessak Lachgar of the Wake Forest University Department of Chemistry spoke in the same session on the topic of biochar production using supercritical water biofuels for catalysis. Visit the workshop website to learn more about this exciting vision for the future of sustainable agriculture: http://perubiocarbon.com/
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