New plant cultivar could yield biofuel oils

A new partnership between crop and oil producers may yield biofuel from jatropha, a non-edible plant capable of growing in marginal soil unsuitable for food crops.

SG Biofuels, a bioenergy crop company, is developing and producing elite jatropha seeds. It has established a strategic partnership with oilseed processor Bunge and a team of partners, including refining and petrochemical company Flint Hills Resources, to research and develop a model to process jatropha seeds into biofuel feedstock.


Jatropha is a non-edible shrub native to Central America. Its seeds have high oil content and can be processed to produce a high-quality energy feedstock. SG Biofuels has introduced JMax 100, an elite jatropha cultivar optimized for growing conditions in Guatemala, with projected yields 100 per cent greater than existing commercial varieties.

Source: Canadian driver