Jatropha, Challenges for a New Energy Crop - Genetic Improvement and Biotechnology
What is it about?
This book describes the biotechnological achievements until 2013 obtained with Physic Nut (Jatropha curcas). The seeds of this small tropical tree (bush) produces ~35% oil, which can be used for biodiesel. J. curcas is a new coming crop because it may cope with harsh environmental conditions such as semi-aridity and poor land.
Why is it important?
J. curcas is considered as one alternative for climate mitigation that does not compete with arable land normally dedicated to food crop and can be used to regain degraded land or fight desertification. This bush has been considered seriously by the international community only recently (~2006-2008), but worldwide scientists did an outstanding job to drawn Jatropha out of its semi-wild status and bring it on the industrial scene. Problems remains, but a comprehensive picture of this crop is now available and almost every technological challenges were addressed.
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