Food, Chemical Feedstocks and Energy from Biomass

  • Roscoe F. Ward
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 67)


The Oxford Concise Dictionary (1976) defines biomass as “the total quantity or weight of organisms.” The root of the word “bio” comes from the Greek bios which means life and mass has it origin from the old French and Latin meaning “a lump.” The term biomass has been used during the last few years to refer to all materials of recent plant and animal origin. The definition of biomass can encompass oil, natural gas, tar sands and coal, but these materials are usually excluded.


Water Hyacinth Sweet Sorghum Forest Residue Chemical Feedstock Direct Combustion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roscoe F. Ward
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  1. 1.Interregional Advisor-Biomass EnergyUnited NationsUSA

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