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SATREPS Japan (2011)

Using the Energy Hidden in Plants in the Arid Regions of Botswana

Energy Arid Botswana

SATREPS : Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (Japan)

Titre : Using the Energy Hidden in Plants in the Arid Regions of Botswana

Information-based Optimization of Jatropha Biomass Energy Production in the Frost- and Drought-prone Regions of Botswana

Pays : Botswana

Date Durée : 2011 5 Years

Mise en œuvre
Coordination : Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University
Collaborateurs : University of the Ryukyus / RIKEN
Partenaires : Energy Affairs Division (EAD) in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) / Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) in the Ministry of Agriculture / University of Botswana (UB)

Jatropha : an ideal biofuel utilizing the environmental tolerance of wild plants
Crops in Botswana grow slowly due to dryness and cold-weather, and this is a barrier to the achievement of a low carbon society based on bioenergy. However, the country has an abundance of wild plants that can withstand dryness and winter cold. It also has large numbers of Jatropha trees, whose seeds have abundant quantities of an oil considered to hold great promise as a biofuel. The goal of this project is to utilize these resources to develop Jatropha varieties that are resistant to dryness and cold weather and offer high productivity, as well as to develop methods of cultivating these varieties. In this way, a biological approach will help to achieve a low carbon society.
Creating a bioenergy production model based on the country’s own biological resources
A database of biological resource data relating to Jatropha will be constructed and suitable varieties will be developed. Moreover, in this arid region that is subject to cold weather, efforts will be made to establish a cultivation system that is flexible with respect to climate change. The project will work to build a sustainable bioenergy production model using plant genetic resources that are indigenous to Botswana.

Présentation : SATREPS

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