Scientists look to develop a tougher variety of jatropha

07/16/2013 | Yahoo

A team of researchers is looking into jatropha's ability to thrive in arid conditions with the hope of developing a more resilient variety suited for marginal lands. Jatropha seeds have high levels of oil but growing the plant in commercial quantities requires the same input as conventional crops, limiting its biofuel potential, the researchers said. "The more that is known about the genetic basis of jatropha's key attributes such as drought tolerance, the more readily jatropha improvement will progress," said John Carlson, a professor at Pennsylvania State University.

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