Research

SUPPORTING NEW GENERATION BIOFUEL

Key objectives

  • Produce superior quality jatropha seeds through selection and breeding
  • Develop genetic tools for marker assisted selection and scalable F1 Hybrid seed production
  • Develop robust techniques for seed processing, especially non-toxic jatropha seed processing

Selection and Breeding of Jatropha

Jatropower processes one of the most diverse jatropha genotype collections as seen below.

Tall and short plants (all four plants in the photo of the same age)

Branching variety

Straight growing variety

Short, Open Canopy, Heavy Flowering

Short, Closed Canopy, Heavy Flowering

Typical leaf shape, closed canopy

Broad leaved, open canopy

Broad leaved, closed canopy

Umbrella type canopy

Erect type

Spreading type

Open canopy, erect type

Dwarf spreading type

Different flowering types

Different flower types

Different fruiting natures

Three seeded and 4 seeded fruits

Pistillate plants – different varieties

Seeds with different size, weight and oil content

Apomixis: Variability of plants developed from seeds that developed apomictically

Apomixis: Daughter plant 1 from apomixed seeds

Apomixis: Daughter plant 2 from apomixed seeds of the same parent as plant 1