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IFS awards the Carolina MacGillavry - IFS Collaborative Research Award to team Ximenia

Published: 2014-01-22

On the 110th anniversary of the birth of Carolina MacGillavry, the Dutch crystallography scientist, the first ’Carolina MacGillavry - IFS Collaborative Research Award’ recognizes the top ranked application to the 2013 IFS call for collaborative research. The award goes to Team Ximenia comprising: Aliyu Dabai (Nigeria); Mary-Magdalene Pedavoah (Ghana); Ojale Usman (Nigeria); Taiwo Aderinola (Nigeria) and Neill Goosen (South Africa).

Ximenia caffra (sometimes referred to as the ‘sour plum’) is an underutilised and neglected African tree species.  The fruit of this tree is currently consumed fresh and has low economic value, but there are opportunities to add value to the fruit through further processing. The current research is aimed at increasing the human consumption of the fruit through the development of value added products through suitable processing and utilizing the processing waste products as potential feedstock for biofuel processes. The project is structured in such a way as to incorporate various disciplines, and each collaborator’s work forms part of an integrated project that seeks to address the question of increasing utilisation of Ximenia caffra from different perspectives and to improve the livelihood of those who plant it. It is hoped that the successful completion of the research will increase the knowledge of this underutilized and neglected species and potentially open up a new area of research, for example utilizing the biofuel to power motorcycles to transport the fruits to market and providing useful chemical intermediates for cosmetics production.

IFS would like to congratulate all the research teams who submitted collaborative research project proposals, and especially Team Ximenia. We will be following and reporting on the research as the projects progress.

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Team Ximenia

Team Ximenia from left:

  • Neill Goosen from the Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Mary-Magdalene Pedavoah from Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University for Development Studies, Ghana
  • Aliyu Dabai from the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Ojale Usman from the Department of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kogi State University, Nigeria
  • Taiwo Aderinola from Food Science and Technology, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria




  1. Anankware Paarechuga Jacob, May 10, 2014 at 01:56 AM

    Congrats, comrades for this milestone. It was nice meeting you in Accra, Ghana. We the Dreamers' (Dream Team) sincerely wish you the very best in this project and thereafter. Stay blessed.

  2. Dr. Aderolu, Ismaila Adeniran, May 03, 2014 at 06:09 PM

    First and foremost, I congratulate team Ximenia and I wish the team hitch-free discovery as it progresses.

  3. Adeola Eniola Ayano, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Congratulations Team Ximenia, wishing you successful discoveries as you continue

  4. Martin Mutambuka, Apr 07, 2014 at 04:10 PM

    Congs Team Ximenia, it was a pleasure meeting you guys in Accra and team amaranths congratulates you.

  5. Idong, Feb 05, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    This is to congratulate the successful team for a proposal well written and articulated. I hope to learn from this. Please ensure that this dream does not end on the online and offline libraries book shelf. Let this project translate to gains for the continent of Africa. God Bless

  6. Daniel Madulu Shadrack, Feb 02, 2014 at 06:12 PM

    Congrats, on behalf of the dream team. we wish you all the best.

  7. S S Sunwiale, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    thumbsup, team Ximenia.
    I would like to read more on your work. All the best!!

  8. Terry, Jan 24, 2014 at 03:50 PM

    Congrats friends. We (Team Diamond) wish you all the best in implementing this project.

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