As part of the wider collaboration with Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on research and development for bush biomass in Namibia, the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project implemented by GIZ and Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism supported the development of laboratory capacities at NUST for research and analysis of bush biomass. In addition to that, the project procured equipment valued at N$1.3 million to capacitate the laboratory accordingly. The equipment items include a Kjeldahl Nitrogen Analyzer for the determination of the nitrogen and protein content in bush samples, a Laboratory Furnace for routine preparation of samples as well as a Universal Testing Machine and a Plastics Identification Unit for applied research on Wood-Plastic Composites.
The laboratory equipment will allow NUST to conduct more in-depth research and training for students on bush-related topics and offer physical and chemical biomass analysis services to the public and the Namibian biomass industry at large. The equipment items were handed over on Friday 27 November 2020 and within the framework of the ceremony, NUST officially launched the laboratory services. The ceremony was addressed by Mrs Gerlinde Sauer, Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the Germany Embassy and Dr Andrew Niikondo, NUST Acting Vice-Chancellor.
Currently, only the University of Namibia and the laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform are capacitated to conduct biomass analysis on basic parameters.
More information on the NUST Analytical Lab Services can be found here: http://bush.nust.na/labservices
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