San Diego, California – 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.