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Seminole Group - Jatropha

A Plant that Could Save the Greenhouse

The search for cleaner more efficient energy sources has led to the research of Jatropha as an alternative to burning crude oil to generate power. In fact, one of the most promising candidates for future bio-diesel production is Jatropha.

The genus Jatropha is composed of approximately 175 plants, from the family Euphorbiaceae. It is a hardy drought and insect resistant plant that will grow in a variety of environments and is highly toxic to humans and animals.

Jatropha oil that results from the seed crushing process can be used as fuel in standard diesel engines. The remaining residue can be processed into biomass, which is becoming a more popular alternative to burning crude oil to power electricity plants.