U.S. Start-up Uses Jatropha Plant Seeds For Biofuel
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U.S. Start-up Uses Jatropha Plant Seeds For Biofuel

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New York: A U.S. company is eyeing countries such as India and Brazil to grow seeds of jatropha - the inedible, drought-resistant plant - to produce high-quality oil that can be refined into low-carbon jet fuel or diesel.



The San Diego start-up SGB is growing hybrid strains of the plant that produce biofuel in quantities that it says are competitive with petroleum priced at $99 a barrel.



Touted as the next big thing in biofuels about six years ago, jatropha attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments, 'New York Times' reported.



However, jatropha fell from favour due to economic recession and as growers found that the wild bush yielded too few seeds to produce enough petroleum to be profitable.



But, owing to advances in molecular genetics and DNA sequencing technology, SGB, that planted the bushes has in a few years, succeeded in domesticating jatropha, a process that once took decades.



The company has deals to plant 250,000 acres of jatropha in Brazil, India and other countries expected to eventually produce about 70 million gallons of fuel a year, the report said.



The advance has already attracted interest of energy giants, airlines and other multinational companies seeking alternatives to fossil fuels.


Source: PTI
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1: How to get started? Whom to contact?
Posted by:Devendra Singh - 10 Jan, 2014
2: How to proceed with Jatropha farming? Who can guide and help?
Posted by:devendra - 01 Jan, 2014
3: we had generated a huge huge database of farmers willing to take up jatropa farming across karnataka. say we had convinced owners of about 1 lac acre land to enter agreement with our company for jatropa cultivation. with the change of presidency from Hon Abdul kalam to Prathiba patil the push for bio fuel abruptly stopped and we had to close down our company writing off a huge loss. New initiations in the same arena is welcome but with a caution.

- Nagachaitra
Posted by:Nagachaitra - 30 Dec, 2013
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Which land is suitable & how to cultivate Jatropha can anybody guide us.
Ritesh Replied to: Nagachaitra - 01 Jan, 2014
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