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The Edit, Episode #10: The Great, Chaotic Biochar Experiment

On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, a feature story about Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd—an outsider who wants to save the region's trees.
Left: Vegetation surrounding Señor Rogelio's house in San Ramón. | Right: The Aprodes field site in San Ramón.

On this special episode of The Edit, Pacific Standard staff writer Kate Wheeling reads her feature story "The Great, Chaotic Biochar Experiment," which was a part of our May 2018 issue.

For this story, Wheeling traveled to Peru to meet with Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd, who wants to re-engineer the notoriously nutrient-poor soils in the Amazon, and, in the process, save the world's trees. But first, he has to convince Peruvian farmers and non-profits—and, occasionally, his own research team—that he's not just another gringo with a strange idea.

Wheeling covers issues related to science and the environment for Pacific Standard. You can find all of her articles, including this one, here.

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