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Also this year, the strawberry trial with biochar did not go unnoticed by the press. Look here for the report of VRT news or the newspaper article by Het Belang van Limburg.
In collaboration with pcfruit, the BASTA team organised a demonstration of their strawberry trial using alternative growing substrates with or without biochar. The event received a lot of press coverage and positive comments about the demonstration itself.
Hasselt University and ILVO study a soil improver made from organic residual streams in strawberry cultivation
HLN: At pcfruit in Sint-Truiden, researchers from Hasselt University and ILVO tested a new soil improver for the cultivation of soft fruit. “Our soil improver consists of residual streams such as manure, wood and green waste that we heat at a high temperature via pyrolysis. Tests in the lab show that this product can be a much more ecological alternative to the current potting soil and can make fruit cultivation more sustainable,” say Marijke Jozefczak of Hasselt University and Bart Vandecasteele of ILVO.