PhD Dissertation & Presentation

    Achten WMJ. 2010. Sustainability evaluation of biodiesel from Jatropha curcas L. - A life cycle oriented study. PhD dissertation, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. pp 176. FULL TEXT

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    Reubens B, Achten WMJ, Maes WH, Danjon F, Aerts R, Poesen J, Muys B 2010. More than biofuel? Jatropha curcas root system symmetry and potential for soil erosion control. Journal of Arid Environments (in press).
    Achten WMJ, Almeida J, Fobelets V, Bolle E, Mathijs E, Singh VP, Tewari DN, Verchot LV, Muys B 2010. Life cycle assessment of Jatropha biodiesel as transportation fuel in rural India. Applied Energy 87, 3652-3660. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.07.003

    Achten WMJ, Vandenbempt P, Almeida J, Mathijs E, Muys B 2010. Life cycle assessment of a palm oil system with simultaneous production of biodiesel and cooking oil in Cameroon. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 4809-4815. 10.1021/es100067p
    Trabucco A, Achten WMJ, Bowe C, Aerts R, Van Orshoven J, Norgrove L, Muys B 2010. Global mapping of Jatropha curcas yield based on response of fitness to present and future climate. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 2, 139-151. 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2010.01049.x
    Achten WMJ, Maes WH, Reubens B, Mathijs E, Singh VP, Verchot L, Muys B 2010. Biomass production and allocation in Jatropha curcas L. seedlings under different levels of drought stress. Biomass & Bioenergy 34, 667-676. 10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.01.010

    Achten WMJ, Nielsen LR, Aerts R, Lengkeek AG, Kjaer ED, Trabucco A, Hansen JK, Maes WH, Graudal L, Akinnifesi FK, Muys B 2010. Towards domestication of Jatropha curcas: a review. Biofuels 1, 91-107. DOI: 10.4155/bfs.09.4

    Achten WMJ, Aninnifesi FK, Maes WH, Trabucco A, Aerts R, Mathijs E, Reubens B, Singh VP, Verchot L, Muys B 2010. Jatropha integrated agroforestry systems – biodiesel pathways towards sustainable rural development. In: Ponterio C & Ferra C (eds.) Jatropha curcas as a premier biofuel: cost, growing and management. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, USA (ISBN: 978-1-60876-003-9), 85-102.
    Achten WMJ, Maes WH, Aerts R, Verchot L, Trabucco A, Mathijs E, Singh VP, Muys B 2010. Jatropha: from global hype to local opportunity. Journal of Arid Environments 74, 164-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2009.08.010



    Maes WH, Achten WMJ, Muys B 2009. Use of inadequate data and methodological errors lead to an overestimation of the water footprint of Jatropha curcas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA 106(34), E-91. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0906788106
    Maes WH, Trabucco A, Achten WMJ, Muys B 2009. Climatic growing conditions of Jatropha curcas L. Biomass and Bioenergy 33(10), 1481-1485. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2009.06.001
    Maes WH, Achten WMJ, Reubens B, Raes D, Samson R, Muys B 2009. Plant-water relationships and growth strategies of Jatropha curcas L. seedlings under different levels of drought stress. Journal of Arid Environments 73, 877-884 . DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2009.04.013



    Achten WMJ, Verchot L, Franken YJ, Mathijs E, Singh VP, Aerts R, Muys B 2008. Jatropha bio-diesel production and use (a literature review). Biomass and Bioenergy 32(12), 1063-1084. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2008.03.003


    Achten WMJ, Mathijs E, Verchot L, Singh VP, Aerts R, Muys B 2007. Jatropha biodiesel fueling sustainability? Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 1(4), 283-291. DOI: 10.1002/bbb.39


    Achten WMJ, Reubens B, Maes W, Mathijs E, Verchot L, Singh VP, Poesen J, Muys B 2007. Root architecture of the promising bio-diesel plant Jatropha. Communication in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences. Ghent University (ISSN 1379-1176) 72(1), 81-85.



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  • Muys et al. 2008 - Jatropha presentation Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Download

  • Muys et al. 2007 - Jatropha presentation Papenburg, Germany. Download
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