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EXPLOCHAR: Exploring mechanisms of reducing drought and disease stress in eucalypt seedlings by applying biochar to soils
Coordinator - Frank G.A: Verheijen
Programme - EXPL/AGR-FOR/0549/2013
Execution dates - 2014-03-01 - 2015-06-30 (16 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT
Funding for CESAM - 49856 €
Total Funding - 49856 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro


The aim is to establish if, and how, drought and disease stress in eucalypts may be reduced by biochar.
This exploratory research proposal aims to establish if biochar can reduce hydric stress and disease stress of eucalypt seedlings under controlled conditions in a greenhouse using a range of research-grade biochar concentrations in sandy soil, including a small task using gene expression to further understand the interactions between biochar and systemic disease suppression pathways. If any of our hypotheses are confirmed by the results, this will inform the selection of variables for follow-up experiments (under future funding) that would include multi-year field trials to explore if the results obtained under controlled conditions can be repeated under uncontrolled conditions. 




Members on this project
Artur Alves
Researcher

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