GM Jatropha Hopes to Break into Biodiesel Market
by Kristie Neo (ChannelNewsAsia) The world’s first genetically modified Jatropha plant can produce biodiesel faster and better. Plans are in the pipeline to start field trials and commercialise it in three years. With genetic modification, the seeds from the Jatropha plant will contain 10 per cent more extractable oil than ordinary seeds.
Biofuel produced from this variant is also more combustible and environmentally friendly by emitting less oxides. Its developers Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and JOil have filed a patent for this genetically modified Jatropha.
JOil – a global player in Jatropha breeding and commercialisation – is awaiting approval from the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee of Singapore (GMAC), before conducting field trials. READ MORE