• Rice hulls for the production of energy in Madagascar (© F. Pinta)

    Rice hulls for the production of energy in Madagascar

  • City hall of Hienghène (New Caledonia) - Front in Caribbean Pine (© Henri Séchet, SEFCA)

    City hall of Hienghène (New Caledonia) - Front in Caribbean Pine (© Henri Séchet, SEFCA)

  • Wood market in Yaounde, Cameroun (© Cirad, P. Langbour)

    Wood market in Yaounde, Cameroun

  • Guayule plantation for research on natural rubber (© Cirad, S. Palu)

    Guayule plantation for research on natural rubber

The BioWooEB Research Unit is conducting research into Mediterranean and tropical ligno‑cellulosic biomass utilization in the form of materials, energy or bioproducts. It relies on its skills in understanding and characterizing biomass to take into account the influence of the variability of these resources as well as the environmental impacts when optimizing processes on a local scale in developing countries.

In this approach, we favour three types of applications:

  • Materials for sustainable construction
  • Decentralized energy with a wide range of power and technologies
  • Bioproducts stemming from extractions and participating in improving the performance of both families of the above two outputs

This research takes into account regional and local economic environments and involves an analysis of the economic and environmental impacts of the products and processes developed. They are part of CIRAD’s priority line of research no. 2 "Innovate for sustainable non-food uses of biomass".

The BioWooEB Research Unit employs 36 staff members (including 8 expatriate researchers) and hosts around twenty PhD students and post-PhD students.

Discover the main scientific partners of BioWooEB, as well as the team involvement within multiple networks in our field:
  
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