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  1. 1. Mélanie Élouise Bennet PhD StudentUniversity of East Anglia, School of Biological Sciences John Innes Centre, Dept. Molecular Mircobiology Chairman, UEA Gardening Group m.bennet@uea.ac.uk
  2. 2. The gasification + combined heat andpower generator at the University of East Anglia
  3. 3. My work at UEA: I test the potential toxicity of biochar from the UEA combined heat and power gasification unit on plant growth. The aim is to ultimately develop a pilot field trial in Norkolk and begin delivering bespoke support to farmers and environmental/land managers.
  4. 4. The On-Farm Carbon Cycle 2 CO for biochar in agriculture 2CO Biomass C CO + H Syngas C
  5. 5. Soil biodiversity – microbial My work at JIC community analysis • Harvest • Harvest Planted • Top up • Top up • Add BC + • Add BC + 90% 90% 90% Nutrients Nutrients 10% • Grow G2 10% • Grow G3 10%Unplanted • Harvest • Harvest • Top up • Top up 90% • Add BC + 90% • Add BC + 90% Nutrients Nutrients 10% • Grow G2 10% • Grow G3 10% Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3
  6. 6. Soil biodiversity – microbialMy work at JIC community analysis
  7. 7. UEA Gardening Club In May 2011, the university have opened the first campus allotment- type gardening scheme for staff and students. The site contains approx. 55 plots (5 m x 10 m), shaded polytunnels, industrial glasshouses as well a shed and kitchen facilities. We are all very excited about this new development!I am very excited about my new role aschairman of the UEA Gardening Group. Ihope that we can develop biodiversityconservation, beekeeping andpotentially small biochar trials on-site inthe near future.
  8. 8. SAPling School Allotment Project The school was very happy to start work on the project. We managed to get funding, build the allotment and win several Lord Mayor awards within the space of 8 months. The allotment provided opportunities forIn 2008, during my undergraduate art-based learning in conjunction withstudies, I wanted to do something that community groups, and further “green”would really help my local community. I development of the school land.was regularly volunteering to teachscience activities at Chapelbreak Infant A biodiversity forest, several outdoorSchool and felt the would benefit from classrooms, duck enclosure and weredeveloping this further by buidling a created following the success ofplayground allotment. SAPlings.
  9. 9. SAPling School Allotment Project
  10. 10. SAPling School Allotment Project

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