2015

Innovative macropropagation techniques of plantain (Musa AAB), applicable to small scale farmers

Innovative macropropagation techniques of plantain (Musa AAB), applicable to small scale farmers

John Opata, Paul Melichar, Martin Hegele, Beloved Mensah Dzomeku, Jens Wünsche

John Opata gave an oral presentation on “Innovative macropropagation techniques of plantain (Musa AAB), applicable to small scale farmer”. The presentation was held at the ELLS Scientific Student Conference  in Prag, Czech Republic on November 13 – 14, 2015 Read more

The 17th “Tropentag” Conference

The 17th “Tropentag” Conference on “Management of land use systems for enhanced food security: conflicts, controversies and resolutions”

Several BiomassWeb members have participated in the 17th “Tropentag” Conference on “Management of land use systems for enhanced food security: conflicts, controversies and resolutions” taking place at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on September 16-18, 2015 Read more

TLUD-Pyro stove

Developing a prototype microgasifier stove for improving household energy systems in rural Ethiopia

By Kiatkamjon Intani, Sajid Latif, and Joachim Müller

Micro-gasifier cookstoves can produce their own gas from solid biomass, such as maize cobs, provide heat for cooking activities, and can produce charcoal and bio-oil as a by-product.
Micro-gasifier cookstoves can produce their own gas from solid biomass, such as maize cobs, provide heat for cooking activities, and can produce charcoal and bio-oil as a by-product.

Most of the households in Ethiopia still rely on traditional use of biomass for their energy needs. Traditional three-stone stoves are widely used in Ethiopia. This type of cooking device has a low fuel efficiency and high emission, which leads to indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution causes chronic eye illness and respiratory disease in women and children, resulting in about 60,000 deaths per year. This study by Kiatkamjon Intani, Sajid Latif, and Joachim Müller developed a prototype microgasifier stove (TLUD-Pyro) to serve as cooking device and miniature charcoal kilns, producing biochar and bio-oil as valuable byproducts. Read more

From science to practice: transdisciplinary approaches for promoting balanced land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa

From science to practice: transdisciplinary approaches for promoting balanced land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa

 Christine B. Schmitt, Tina Beuchelt, Dady Demby, Arnmin Kuhn and Manfred Denich

The poster “From science to practice: transdisciplinary approaches for promoting balanced land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa” was presented by Christine Schmitt at the “Annual conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland” on August 30 – September 3, 2015 in Göttingen, Germany. Read more

Critical reflections on the effectiveness of biomass standards to enforce sustainability

Critical reflections on the effectiveness of biomass standards to enforce sustainability

 Beuchelt, Tina (ZEF, Bonn, Germany), Mohr, Anna(ZEF, Bonn, Germany), Virchow, Detlef (ZEF, Bonn, Germany), Schneider, Rafaël (Welthungerhilfe, Bonn, Germany)

With the emerging bio-economies in Europe, more biomass is imported. Sustainability concerns led to the development of EU regulations esp. regarding bioenergy. Hence, private certification standards for biomass proliferate but with major differences regarding environmental and social criteria. Read more

BiomassNet Dgroup

BiomassWeb is aiming to develop a stakeholder network – BiomassNet – to promote biomass production, processing and trading in African countries in order to enhance food security and support the emerging bio-economies.

We are happy to announce that we have moved one step ahead in creating this network. Read more

How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from Value Chains to Biomass-Based Value Webs

How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from Value Chains to Biomass-Based Value Webs.

Detlef Virchow, Tina Beuchelt, Arnim Kuhn and Manfred Denich

The presentation on “How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from value chains to biomass-based value webs” was held by Tina Beuchelt at the “23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition”, Europe’s largest international conference on biomass. It is a highly-respected international scientific conference with an industrial exhibition while gathering participants from research, industry, policy and business of biomass and took place on June 1-4, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Read more

Call for Proposals to implement Demand-Driven Research and Development (DDRD) Activities

Introduction

The “BiomassWeb”, that is, Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs, is a research project designed to enhance food security in Africa. The project seeks to boost effective and efficient production, processing and trading as well as enhance the utilization of food and non-food biomass through increased system integration of associated biomass value webs. Read more

Second Doctoral Workshop 2015

The second of two doctoral workshops in the time period 2014/2015 took place as a two day workshop on March 26-27 2015.

Participants were students of the doctoral program of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the University of Hohenheim. The main goal of the workshop was the presentation and discussion of the work progress and interim results of their PhD projects in their specific fields of research within the BiomassWeb project.

Pride Ebile wins Elevator Pitch at PLANT 2030

BiomassWeb student Pride Ebile won this year’s elevator pitch at the BMBF status seminar PLANT 2030 with his presentation on “Governance and Institutional Challenges in Biomass-based Value Webs: The case of cassava in Nigeria”. Out of 30 presentations Pride was able to convince the audience as well as the jury. He is a Junior Researcher in WP 6.1 “Governance” at the University of Hohenheim.
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Plant Phenotyping at JPPC: Banana (musa spp)

Eric Opokuh Mensah from Kumasi, Ghana, joined the Research Center Jülich for a research internship in the BiomassWeb project and training in plant phenotyping. Watch this video, produced by the Research Center Jülich, to learn more about plant phenotyping at JPPC: Banana (musa spp). Read more

GFFA-Expert Panel Discussion: Primacy of food security in bio-economies – an illusory precondition?

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held during the International Green Week (IGW). GFFA is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Senate of Berlin, Messe Berlin GmbH and GFFA Berlin e.V. Read more

PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2015

BiomassWeb will participate in the BMBF PLANT 2030 Status Seminar in Potsdam from March 4 to 6, 2015. Plant 2030 pools all research activities in the field of applied plant research which are funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

The agenda will include presentations on the progress made in running Plant Biotechnology, PLANT KBBE, DPPN, GlobE, IPAS and related projects.