UC-Berkeley scientist studies tobacco for biofuel production

05/19/2013 | DomesticFuel.com

Peggy G. Lemaux, a Cooperative Extension specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, is studying the potential of oil in tobacco plants as biodiesel feedstock. "Since tobacco is not a food source, tobacco production for biofuel would not have an impact on global food markets or find its way into the food supply," Lemaux said, adding that tobacco farmers "are anxious to produce a product that is more acceptable to the public." The U.S. Department of Energy gave the school a three-year $4.8 million grant for the research.

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