Article Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of a paper published in the in March issue of Biotropica:

Quintero-Vallejo, E., Klomberg, Y., Bongers, F., Poorter, L., Toledo, M. and Peña-Claros, M. (2015), Amazonian Dark Earth Shapes the Understory Plant Community in a Bolivian Forest. Biotropica, 47: 152–161. doi: 10.1111/btp.12193

The article is available here



Newspaper Article

Prof. Thom Kuyper and André Braga Junqueira were recently interviewed by Kurt de Swaaf of Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The result of that interview can be found in the article here (in German).


    Articles Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of a paper in the Special Issue of Diversity Genetic Diversity and Molecular Evolution; released in December 2014.

Clara P. Peña-Venegas, Tjeerd Jan Stomph, Gerard Verschoor, Luis A. Becerra Lopez-Lavalle and Paul C. Struik (2014) Differences in Manioc Diversity Among Five Ethnic Groups of the Colombian Amazon. Diversity, 6(4), 792-826

The article is published open source and so is available free of charge here


       Successful Thesis Defence

 Congratulations to Dr. Sagrilo!

Edvaldo successfully defended his PhD Thesis with the title "Soil and plant responses to pyrogenic organic matter: carbon stability and symbiotic patterns" at the Aula in Wageningen on the 9th December. Edvaldo is the first of the cardumen to defend his thesis. He has now returned to Brazil where he continues to work for Embrapa and we wish him well for his future career!


      Upcoming Symposium and PhD Defences

Clara Peña Venegas, Estela Quintero Vallejo and Tatiana Rittl will all defend their PhD theses at the Aula in Wageningen on 1st July 2015. In honour of this event a symposium is planned for the 30th June. The location and speakers will be announced in the near future. Watch this space!



Welcome to the Terra Preta Program!!

Several international conferences in 2015
Several international conferences related to soils, terra preta, and/or biochar will take place this year.  Click on the name of the conferences to visit their sites and get more information.
- Climate Smart Agriculture 2015 Global Science Conference 16-18th March 2015 in Le Corum, Montpellier (France)
-5th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM). 20-24th September 2015, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

The Terra Preta Program started in January 2010. It is a 5-year long international and interdisciplinary program focussing on anthropogenic soils (also known as "terra preta") that are found in the Amazon basin. The basic idea of the program is very well summarized in the program's full name: 

"Terra Preta do Indio ─ Recovering the Past, Regaining the Future of Amazonian Dark Earths"

In this webpage you will find information about our program, the research topics on which we are focussing, as well as general information on terra preta

This program is being funded by the Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund (INREF) of Wageningen University.

Visit us regularly to keep informed of our progress!!



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