D1 Partners with Indian Biotech for Jatropha Plants
18 July 2005
|Jatropha Seedlings in Labland Nursery|
D1’s strategy calls for the distributed production of biodiesel using small refineries, about the size of a large shipping container, which can be used in remote sites to process jatropha oil into biodiesel.
They have selected the best yielding varieties, the best yielding lines of jatropha. Now what they want is billions and billions to be promoted everywhere. They want this in Philippines, they want it in Indonesia, in Saudi Arabia, in Malaysia, India, Africa. But where is the planting material? They have selected clones, best yielding, so that is possible only through the application of tissue culture. So for that purpose they have approached us.—Sudheer Shetty, Managing Director of Labland Biotech (ANI)
Labland performed the tissue culture cloning of jatropha without any direct genetic engineering—removing potential objections to deployment in countries that might have concerns with genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Currently, the jatropha plants are projected to yield about 1,000 barrels of oil per year per square mile under cultivation.
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