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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.

Source: VRT news 9th of June 2022
Source: Het Belang van Limburg 10th of june 2022
Biochar as sustainable alternative for potting soil… Why?

What are our researchers doing with biochar and what are their final conclusions? Find out in this UHasselt coverstory!

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.

Researcher Marijke Jozefczak (left) and Prof. Dr. Ann Cuypers (right) of Hasselt University are working together on a ‘soil improver’ for fruit cultivation. © Mine Dalemans (Het Laatste Nieuws)

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.

BASTA’s biochar research was summarised in the FWO magazine by professor Ann Cuypers in the following video and interview.

After a clear talk about stress in plants and useful tips at home,
Professor Ann Cuypers presents the first results of our biochar research.