Biotech Updates

Castor Bean As New Biodiesel Crop

June 22, 2012

The Center for Jatropha Promotion and Biodiesel (CJP) is promoting the use of castor bean for feedstock and biodiesel. Castor bean, an annual oil crop that grows in arid and semi-arid areas produces seeds that contain approximately 50 percent oil. This oil has a growing market for biodiesel manufacturers and has a wide range of applications in the industrial bio-chemical sector.

CJP is exploring ways of growing castor using combined conventional breeding methods with biotechnological techniques. This combination will help develop castor bean oil for biofuel purpose.

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