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Terra Preta Sanitation handbook 1

Download the first edition of the Terra Preta handbook for free!

29.09.2015 |




Terra Preta Sanitation 1 is out and freely available for download

This first edition of Terra Preta Sanitation (TPS) handbook provides an overview of the main theories of Terra preta formation and the principles of TPS concerning material recycling and soil fertility improvement. Written by foremost academics in the field of sanitation and soil science, the handbook takes full account of the extensive developments which have occurred since the outset of the ecological sanitation approach. There is a chapter on biochar as soil amendment, as well as detail treatment of key issues such as biochar production processes, co-application of biochar to soil and biochar effects in agro-ecosystems.


The main text is dedicated to TPS systems and organic matter (bioresource) conversion technologies that generate Terra Preta – inspired products. Thoroughly comprehensive – with dedicated chapters on all core topics – this handbook is essential reading for all students of Environmental engineering. It will also be welcomed as an invaluable reference work for academics and practitioners in the field.

This publication has been developed as follow up of the Terra Preta Sanitation conference in Hamburg.


The editors are Ralf Otterpohl, Torsten Bettendorf (both Hamburg University of Technology) and Claudia Wendland (WECF)

More information on Terra Preta can be found in the Sanitation section of the WECF website


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