Jatropha plantations for Florida–Biofuels Digest

A report in Biofuels Digest says that My Dream Fuels is aiming to plant around 900 000 jatropha trees in Florida. The firm says that its trees will mature in 8 months and significantly out perform wild Jatropha strains. My Dream Fuel is already working with Lee County, Florida and hopes to be able to power the county’s fleet of vehicles using a combination of jatropha and cooking grease.

This looks interesting: an Indian Peuto Rican joint project to bring biofuel from Jatropha to the US. I wonder if the trees are genetically modified.

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One Response to Jatropha plantations for Florida–Biofuels Digest

  1. David B. Benson 6 November, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Depends upon what you mean by ‘genetically modified’. In the most general sense, yes. Traditional plant breeeding techniques are used to produce genetic modifications. But usually only the plant strains developed by modern GM methods are called ‘genetically modified’.

    In this case I suspect that traditional plant breeding was used.

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