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Jatropha: A Promising Source of Biodiesel Feedstock

November 10, 2010

Jatropha Curcas grows on marginal land (not desirable for food crops) and produces oil-rich seeds.

In Hawaii, Jatropha could be grown as a fire-break on marginal lands adjacent to forest reserves, and irrigated with recycled water from wastewater treatment facilities and storm water catchment systems.  Retired landfills might also support large-scale cultivation options.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — SG Biofuels, a bioenergy crop company developing and producing elite seeds of Jatropha, today announced it has established a strategic partnership with Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG – News), to research and develop a model to process Jatropha seeds into a biofuel feedstock.

SG Biofuels President and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Haney made the announcement at the Advanced Biofuels Markets Conference & Expo in San Francisco, California.

Bunge, a global leader in oilseed processing, joins an industry-leading team of partners, including Flint Hills Resources, a leading refining and petrochemical company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Life Technologies Corporation, a global biotechnology tools company, and others that are collaborating with SG Biofuels to develop Jatropha as a viable source for cost-effective, sustainable crude plant oil.

“This partnership and our ability to provide world-class processing to our customers are key components to ensuring success for large-scale deployment of Jatropha plantations globally,” said Haney.  “The development of a successful market for Jatropha requires that all aspects of the value chain are met, from crop science and proper agronomics all the way through processing and refining.  Bunge, together with Life Technologies and Flint Hills Resources, provides a fully integrated platform from which our customers can develop, produce and profit from large volumes of crude Jatropha oil.”

Jatropha curcas 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. It can be effectively grown on marginal lands that are considered undesirable for food crops.

The company’s integrated breeding and biotechnology approach forms the foundation for its JMax Jatropha Optimization Platform, providing research agencies, growers and plantation developers with access to the company’s germplasm library, Jatropha curcas genome sequence, molecular markers and advanced biotech and synthetic biology tools to optimize elite Jatropha cultivars for unique growing conditions around the world.

SG Biofuels has introduced JMax 100, an elite Jatropha cultivar optimized for growing conditions inGuatemala, with projected yields 100 percent greater than existing commercial varieties.  The company also recently announced it has developed hybrid seed production technology, resulting in greater yield, uniformity and vigor while significantly reducing handling and deployment costs for plantation developers.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 8:04 am

    Hi

    Great to hear about your business I wondered if you could comment on this article about Jatropha Plantations for Bio Fuel?

    a href=”http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-plant-jatropha-curcas-for.html

    Here is my basic method for refining Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO) Any Comments on this method greatly appreciated!

    http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-refine-crude-jatropha-oil-for.html

    Warm Regards

    Keith
    http://www.kentbiofuel.blogspot.com

  2. March 28, 2011 11:35 am

    Here is a usefull article on how to plant Jatropha for sustainable bio fuel

    http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-plant-jatropha-curcas-for.html

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