Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Terminology Tuesday: Jatropha

Jatropha is a plant native to tropical areas that also holds great promise as a biofuel: It's a hardy, can grow in very dry climates, thrives in almost any type of soil, and needs minimal management. It grows quickly and its seeds yield more than four times as much fuel per hectare as soybean and more than ten times that of corn.

India and China in particular are encouraging its development as a biofuel (China plans on planting 33 million acres of it). However, other governments are hesitant to encourage production because there are few farmers growing it, while the farmers are slow to act because of the young market.

But don't doubt jatropha, as this efficient, inexpensive crop shows great promise as the next generation of biofuels.

Source: Wikipedia and Green Options

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