Since March 2013, Weber Ultrasonics and the Pilot Pflanzenöltechnologie Magdeburg e.V. (PPM) research institute for vegetable oil technology have been working together within the scope of the "Process for deriving oils from plankton (zooplankton)" sponsorship programme in order to develop a system concept for the production and processing of planktonic biomass.

AFSARI, an interdisciplinary research project

Numerous institutions and universities were involved in the AFSARI cooperation project, which emerged from vin2food. Weber Ultrasonics was the project initiator. During the course of a six-month planning phase, a German-African working group for developing and implementing a research concept was set up, and a final research concept for the sustainable feed and foodstuffs production from vinasse was developed. The project concept was financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

AFSARI cooperation partners:

  • The University of Hohenheim, Institute of Crop Science (UHOH - ICS - Germany, coordinator)
    – Life Science Center (UHOH - LSC)
    – Animal Hygiene (UHOH - IAE)
    – Institute of Agricultural Engineering
  • The German Development Institute in Bonn (DIE - Germany)
  • The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (FSSWF - Germany)
  • The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT - Germany)
  • The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW GmbH Germany)
  • Weber Ultrasonics GmbH in Karlsbad-Ittersbach (WEBER - Germany)
  • Johann Heinrich from the Thünen Institute (VTI - Germany)
  • Jomo Kenyatta from the University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya)
    – Dept. of Food Science and Technology (JKUT – FST)
    – Dept. of Zoology (JKUT – ZOO)
    – Dept. of Medical Laboratory Science (JKUT – MLS)
  • Rural Outreach Program (ROP - Kenya)
  • University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
    – Dept. of Chemical and Mining Engineering (UDSM - CME)
    – Dept. of Chemistry (UDSM - AF)
    – Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries
  • University of Malawi - Bunda College (Malawi)
    – Dept. of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (BUNDA)
  • The World Fish Center (FISH - Malawi)