Definition of biomass in English:

biomass

noun

  • 1The total quantity or weight of organisms in a given area or volume.

    • ‘Reproductive allocation is usually measured as the ratio between seed and total biomass.’
    • ‘Total stem biomass was measured after drying the plant material in an oven at 70°C until constant weight.’
    • ‘At each time point, total biomass and chlorophyll contents of seven individual plants were quantified.’
    • ‘Total biomass of resident birds was always higher than that of wintering birds at Tinaja Verde.’
    • ‘However, it has increased the grain yield potential and thereby the ratio of grain mass to total above-ground biomass or harvest index.’
    • ‘In contrast, later formed leaves remained smaller and total leaf biomass remained substantially reduced in the mutants.’
    • ‘Biomass composition as a percentage of total biomass for three stages of development in Dionaea.’
    • ‘Contaminants are subsequently removed by harvesting the above-ground shoot biomass for volume reduction and storage.’
    • ‘Total plant biomass was calculated as the sum of the two.’
    • ‘Lichens thus dominate the Antarctic flora both in terms of species diversity and in terms of total biomass.’
    • ‘The curves were added together and are shown in the right panels; the data points are the total above-ground biomass.’
    • ‘The authors also presented data on total root system biomass; shoot growth was not assayed.’
    • ‘Harvest index was measured as the ratio between root weight and total biomass.’
    • ‘I estimated colony size from the volume of the nest mound, which increases with total ant biomass.’
    • ‘At intervals, plants were harvested for biomass and leaf area analysis according to Nogués et al..’
    • ‘Total biomass was also increased relative to controls by the end of the experiment.’
    • ‘Both the real and the virtual plants responded to removal of branches by producing a taller plant bearing larger leaves, but less total biomass.’
    • ‘We therefore tracked plant growth using leaf height as a surrogate for aboveground dry weight biomass.’
    • ‘By summing the total biomass of all classes, we get the total biomass estimate for each district.’
    • ‘Daytime food abundance was expressed as total dry biomass of insects collected per day.’
  • 2Organic matter used as a fuel, especially in a power station for the generation of electricity.

    • ‘Domestic biomass fuel combustion and chronic bronchitis in two rural Bolivian villages.’
    • ‘Solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass all show great potential as sources of electricity.’
    • ‘They are used instead for animal feed and increasingly for biomass fuel, such as ethanol.’
    • ‘People will be encouraged to consume alternative power generated from biomass.’
    • ‘Coal and biomass fuels are used for household cooking and heating by almost 3 billion people worldwide’
    • ‘Nuclear power could free up more fossil and biomass fuels to use as liquid fuel for ground transportation.’
    • ‘In total, burning this biomass will not add to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘The minister recently visited a cluster of three sites at Crymych which are fuelled by biomass wood pellet boilers.’
    • ‘The proposal has the added bonus of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of biomass to generate electricity.’
    • ‘There are more efficient ways to tap into the sun's energy via biomass fuels.’
    • ‘He covered solar energy, wind energy, biomass and biogas, geothermal activity and thermal power.’
    • ‘The company also sources and sells biomass wood fuels from other producers.’
    • ‘Farmers are being offered millions of pounds worth of grants in an effort to boost production of biomass to meet renewable energy targets.’
    • ‘Faced with patented technology that no one wants to eat, biotech companies are now discussing growing GM crops for biomass fuel.’
    • ‘He said the company was in discussions with a major hotel chain about installing biomass generators in their properties around Scotland.’
    • ‘But some of it may be revegetated for biomass production for shrubs and trees to make biomass fuels out of possibly.’
    • ‘The use of biomass electrical generation is hardly the environmental boon it's made out to be.’
    • ‘He also sees huge potential for biomass fired electricity in the West of Ireland.’
    • ‘The company now exports biomass fuel to the Netherlands and Britain for power production and the home heating market.’
    • ‘AES Drax is also seeking approval to test a plant-based biomass fuel, milled palm nut.’

Pronunciation:

biomass

/ˈbʌɪə(ʊ)mas/