Michael Rutherford

Michael Rutherford

Associate Professor, Environmental Science at University of Northern British Columbia

Location:
3333 University Way, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
HQ Phone:
(250) 960-5555

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Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering - Soils - UBC

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http://www.unbc.ca/releases/9796/unbc-research-waste-cities-and-bioenergy-plants-could-be-fertilizer-future

Media Download (left to right): UNBC Professor Hugues Massicotte, student Nichola Gilbert, Research Assistant Scott Brown, and Professor Mike Rutherford display some ash-enhanced soil in the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory at UNBC's Prince George campus.
"What we found is that by combining these two waste materials, we make them more than the sum of their parts," say UNBC Environmental Science Professor Mike Rutherford and Forestry Professor Hugues Massicotte, who both supervised the project conducted by UNBC student Nichola Gilbert. "With industry and communities already operating bioenergy plants - or planning to implement them - this research illustrates potential uses for the ash that emerges from these plants," says Dr. Rutherford. "The potential is there for communities to complete the 'sustainability loop,' and make use of the ash that comes from the bioenergy plants that provide their energy, and the waste produced by their community, to produce the next crop of biomass for the bioenergy plant, and reclaim land after forestry and mining." According to the researchers, additional study is needed to optimise the use of ash/biosolid fertilizer on agricultural lands, nurseries, and forested lands. There are opportunities for the use of these amendments in various reclamation and remediation strategies, as well. "Interestingly, the growth response was more obvious with willow trees compared to poplar," says Dr. Rutherford. Mike Rutherford Associate Professor, Environmental Science, UNBC 250.960.5885

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Michael Rutherford
Associate Professor Environmental Sciences University of Northern British Columbia

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