Non-toxic Elite Seeds


JATROPOWER key focus area: non-toxic Jatropha for biofuel and animal feed ingredient as by-product

JATROPOWER is committed to the delivery of quality non-toxic Jatropha seedlings from selected elite accessions and continuous technical support for its cultivation, harvesting and seed processing to customers. From the base of over 20 non-toxic accessions, elite cultivars have been selected and are being improved genetically by a marker assisted crossing program.

First results of our hybridisation and improvement programme of the best toxic and non-toxic plants seem not only to promise that a similar non-toxic yield can be achieved as with the best toxic hybrids, which has been shown to be much superior than that of average natural plants, read more.

Also very interesting is the inheritance pattern of the non-toxic trait, which we have shown to follow the Mendelian pattern of inheritance. The dominance of the toxic character results in the cross pollinated seeds of the non-toxic plants (which are themselves always non-toxic) likely producing daughter plants that could produce toxic seeds. This provides natural protection for the producer of non-toxic Jatropha seed material from unauthorised multiplication through seeds generated from a plantation.

Apomixis is a character in Jatropha that could result in easier generation of clones from desired plants. Jatropower has identified certain leads towards using this character to enable easier generation of clones of the desirable hybrids.

JATROPOWER’s non-toxic elite seeds are commercially available since 2015.

A publication that came out of our research on variation in Jatropha accessions and markers for early identification of the non-toxic character of Jatropha that can assist in its accelerated genetic improvement  can be seen at

More information on the benefits of non-toxic Jatropha can be seen here

Other References:

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J. Martinez-Herrera, P. Siddhuraju, G. Francis, G. Davila-Ortiz, K. Becker, 2006. Chemical composition, toxic/antimetabolic constituents, and effects of different treatments on their levels, in four provenances of Jatrophacurcas L. seeds from Mexico, Food Chemistry 96, 80–89.

Jorge Martinez Herrera, Alma L. Martinez Ayala, Harinder Makkar, George Francis, Klaus Becker, 2010. Agroclimatic Conditions, Chemical and Nutritional Characterization of Different Provenances of Jatrophacurcas L. from Mexico. European Journal of Scientific Research 39 (3), 396-407.

Jorge Martinez Herrera, Cristian Jimenez Martinez, Alma Martinez Ayala, Leticia GarduñoSiciliano, RosalvaMora Escobedo, Gloria Davila Ortiz, German Chamorro Cevallos, HarinderMakkar, George Francis, Klaus Becker, 2012. Evaluation of the nutritional quality of nontoxic kernel flour from jatrophacurcas L. in rats. Journal of Food Quality.

M. Sujatha, H.P.S. Makkar, K. Becker, 2005. Shoot bud proliferation from axillary nodes and leaf sections of non-toxic Jatrophacurcas L, Plant Growth Regul. 47,83-90.

Nahid Richter, George Francis, Klaus Becker, 2005. Differential Treatment of Non-Toxic Jatrophacurcas L. and its Impact on Growth Performance and Whole Body Mineral Absorption of Common Carp, Cyprinuscarpio L. Abstract of presentation at “DeutscherTropentag”, October 11-13, 2005, Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. Accessed from 02.02.2012.

Nahid Richter, 2012. Evaluation of suitability of non-toxic and detoxified Jatrophacurcas L. meal as feed for fingerling common carp, Cyprinuscarpio L.: with reference to phytase application. PhD Thesis submitted to the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.

S.D. Basha, G. Francis, H.P.S. Makkar, K. Becker, M. Sujatha, 2009. A comparative study of biochemical traits and molecular markers for assessment of genetic relationships between Jatrophacurcas L. germplasm from different countries, Plant Sci. 176, 812 – 823.

Sudheer Pamidimarri, D.V.N., Singh, S., Mastan, S.G., Patel, J., Reddy, M.P., 2009. Molecular characterization and identification of markers for toxic and non-toxic varieties of Jatrophacurcas L. using RAPD, AFLP and SSR markers. Molecular Biology Reports 36 (6), 1357-1364.

SWAFEA formal report D.2.1 v2 (WP2000_USFD_25/03/2010), 2011. State of the Art for Alternative Fuels and Energy Carriers in Aviation. European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport. Brussels, Belgium. Accessed from on 23.4.2016