Specialisation Biomass Production and Carbon Capture

Many challenges lie ahead in a transition to a sustainable biobased economy. The number of people in the world is growing, as are the levels of well-being and prosperity. To provide all nine billion humans with a relatively high level of prosperity and welfare in 2050, major changes in the way we deal with food, animal feed, materials and energy are required. The main challenge for the current generation of students is to work on improving resource efficiency and the use of land in order to meet all these needs, while not forgetting climate, biodiversity, multiple land use, recreation and societal issues.

The specialisation Biomass Production and Carbon Capture focuses on the production of renewable resources and biomass for the transition to a biobased society. To achieve this, knowledge of plant physiology and development, genetics and breeding, and plant biotechnology is essential. You learn to combine this knowledge for developing sustainable biomass production, in the field, in greenhouses, in the sea as well as in forests. This specialisation will be part of the MSc Biobased Sciences as of September 2018, under the condition of approval by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences, and accreditation by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

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Contact person at Wageningen University & Research for information about this specialisation is Ms. Dr. Anja Kuipers, programme director.


Courses for the specialisation Biomass Production and Carbon Capture are listed in the online Study Handbook.

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Students in this specialisation can do their major thesis at four different Chair Groups within Wageningen University. Visit their website to find out more about their research and possible thesis subjects:

·       Bioprocess Engineering

·       Centre for Crop Systems Analysis

·       Environmental Technology

·       Laboratory of Plant Breeding