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    Impact of Biochar Soil Amendment on Growth and Physiology of Live Oak Saplings


    Biochar from gasification of wood waste in Louisiana was used as soil amendment in a randomized completely block design study to quantify the impact of biochar soil treatment on the growth and physiology of live oak saplings. Height, diameter growth, net photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration of live oak saplings were measured after biochar soil amendment treatment during one growing season. In addition, impact of biochar on the chemical properties of the soil was quantified. The results indicated statistically significant impact on growth and physiology of live oak saplings treated by biochar soil amendment. Chemical soil properties were significantly impacted by the biochar amendment.

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    Dr. Kamran K. Abdollahi is a Professor and Chair for the Urban Forestry Program at SU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was instrumental in establishing the first urban forestry B.S. degree granting program in the US in 1994. He served on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to the US Secretary of Agriculture (NUCFAC) from 1999-2003. He served as Vice President and President of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy (AREA) in 2010-2012.  He is currently serving as an executive board member of the National Association of University Forest Resources Professionals (NAUFRP). He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and reviewed articles for the several Journals related to urban ecosystem and environment. He has served on the executive board of the ISA Southern Chapter.Kamran has provided leadership in Urban Forestry for the Society of American Foresters (SAF) by serving as Chair-elect and Chair for more than 6 years. Dr. Abdollahi has made more than 90 scientific presentations and published 50 scientific articles. Kamran has served as co-director for the Gulf Coast Regional Climate Change Assessment Program and co-edited several books on the subject. He has participated in the Oxford Roundtable on Global Climate Change in Oxford University, UK.  Kamran has a B.S. in  Agricultural Engineering (1983) and Soil Science (1985) from The Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry at S.F. Austin University (SFA, 1991). Dr. Abdollahi has received many awards for excellence in research, teaching and outreach.

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