Working to breed a more robust version of a potential bio-fuel plant called Jatropha, researchers from
Michigan State University
are among those excited about the upcoming Jatropha World Summit
According to excerpts from the article:
Could a homely
succulent save the planet? Maybe. Oil squeezed from the Jatropha curcas
plant helped fuel a train from Delhi to Mumbai and a 90-minute Boeing
jet ride in Houston last year.
"The plant's toxicity, getting more harvest out of it, that'll all be worked out," says David Skole, professor of forestry at Michigan State University
as biofuels investment in (frost-free) Africa and Asia soars. Helping
lead the charge: GM and the U.S. Department of Energy, which partnered
this spring to test the plant in India.
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