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Biofuels Back In The Limelight

May 4, 2009

Jatropha, a plant with toxic berries, is on its way to becoming the world’s newest cash crop, if companies can figure out how to make its growing cycles as predictable as those of other crops. SG Biofuels wants to be at the forefront, establishing a gene library for jatropha and working to increase the plant’s yield and geographic range.

Picking and processing jatropha’s berries still promises to be expensive in terms of labor, though, unless better mechanized techniques are invented. The growing list of countries looking at cultivating jatropha tends to reflect the desire for low labor costs and plenty of unused land: China, Haiti, India, Malaysia and Uganda, among others, have farm programs in various stages of completion.

Could this mean a new invention opportunity underway for manufacturing!?

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