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Bharat Renewable Energy Forms Alliance With SG Biofuels to Deploy Jatropha Hybrids for Biodiesel in India
Date:8/9/2011

le oil seed plants without affecting food security.  According to the Asian Development Bank, the current cultivation of Jatropha and other non-edible oilseeds will need to increase by nearly 80 million acres to meet the nation's biodiesel targets.

"We look forward to working with BREL to develop a thriving Jatropha industry capable of meeting the country's significant demand for biodiesel," said Kirk Haney, president and chief executive officer of SG Biofuels.  "Our partnership is a great example how collaborations across the entire value chain – from crop science and agronomics to downstream refining and logistics – are the key to the successful scaling of Jatropha."

Jatropha is a non-edible shrub native to Central America.  Its seeds have high oil content, and can be processed to produce a high-quality energy feedstock.  It can be effectively grown on marginal lands that are considered undesirable for food crops.

SGB's integrated breeding and biotechnology approach forms the foundation for its JMax Jatropha Optimization Platform™, which draws from company's germplasm library, the sequence of the Jatropha genome, molecular markers and advanced biotech and synthetic biology tools to allow energy companies, governments and growers to select, test and scale elite Jatropha cultivars for unique growing conditions around the world.


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