The role of charcoal mounds in terms of cultural heritage and protection of landscape

Project identification code: TL02000160

Funding: The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Principal investigator: The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening (investigator Ing. Jakub Houška Ph.D., D.E.S.S.)

Time-frame: 2019–2022

Co-investigators:
Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (RNDr. Václav Tejnecký Ph.D.)
Faculty of science in Prague (RNDr. Luděk Šefrna CSc.)
ARCHAIA Brno o.p.s. (Mgr. Miroslav Dejmal)
Institute of Botany of the CAS (Mgr. Péter Szabó PhD.)

Project description:
The aim of the project is to verify whether the different types of wood coal production from historical perspective had (positive) influence on the landscape in which they were located and whether this influence is deterministically demonstrable in parameters of physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil at the landscape level. A partial hypothesis is then: Appropriate implementation of biochar (charcoal) into the soil can be an effective tool for adapting to climate change and mitigating negative anthropogenic effects (e.g. inappropriate land management). Particular goal is to disseminate findings arisen from scientific part of the project among professional and non-professional public about cultural and environmental importance of charcoal production.

Research team at the Institute of Botany CAS::
Jiří Vaníček
Silvie Suchánková
Péter Szabó