Monday, January 18, 2010

Jatropha can soon be another Coffee for PNG if we..............

As being said in my past articles regarding jatropha as being potential crop for PNG sub tropic clime. Its going into being an important cash crop as soon fuel will be derived from it and marketed worldover.

The article from biofuel digest says it all. Coffee was wild tree is africa some 150 years ago then it turned into green Gold in PNG and world over so is jatropha!

The New Jatropha
SG Biofuels parters with Life Technologies to accelerate development timelines by 60 percent; new jatropha high-profit cultivars released this year

In California, jatropha pioneer SG Biofuels announced a strategic alliance with Life Technologies, a provider of innovative life science solutions, to advance the development of Jatropha as a sustainable biofuel.

The partnership will initially include sequencing the Jatropha curcas genome, allowing for the rapid introduction of new traits targeted toward increasing the yield of the oil-producing plant. Life Technologies will also become a strategic partner in SG Biofuels.

In terms of metrics, the Life alliance is expected to reduce the cycle time for bringing new jatropha cultivars to market by 60 percent, from five years to two years.

For newer readers of the Digest, SG represents a new fork in jatropha development. In the 2000s, a number of developers emerged in jatropha, hailing it as a high-yield, stress-tolerant, non-food "wonder crop" that could be grown on fallow and otherwise unproductive land. As the Digest's March 2009 story "The Blunder Crop: a Biofuels Digest special report on jatropha biofuels development," detailed, "things would be going great if they weren't going so badly."

In recent months, jatropha has begun to turn a corner. GEM Biofuels has commenced shipping crude jatropha oil from Madagascar, Mission Bioenergy in Australia has steadied its balance sheet, the aviation industry has embraced jatropha as a near-term candidate for aviation biofuels feedstock and conducted successful flight tests, and now SG's alliance with Life promises to accelerate the next generation of high-profit cultivars.

Of particular interest: SG's announcement from last year that it had identified cold-tolerant jatropha varietals in its collection efforts in Central America. Work on those traits - using SG's existing breeding techniques, now combined with Life's genome sequencing tools - may well expand the geography for jatropha over the next 5-10 years.