, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 127-131
Date: 09 Oct 2010

Revisited Jatropha curcas as an oil plant of multiple benefits: critical research needs and prospects for the future

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Introduction and background

During the last 10 years, Jatropha curcas L. has gained considerable attention as a potential feedstock of biodiesel and many Jatropha plantations have been established in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide (Li et al. 2010). Jatropha is regarded as an oil plant with multiple attributes, uses and considerable potential (Openshaw 2000). Its peculiar features like drought tolerance, rapid growth, easy propagation (Heller 1996), higher oil content than other oil crops (Achten et al. 2008), small gestation period, adaptation to a wide range of environmental conditions, and the optimum plant size and architecture (that make the seed collection more convenient) make it as a special candidate (Fig. 1) for further consideration (Sujatha et al. 2008). The multiple attributes of Jatropha is presented in Table 1 and has been extensively reviewed by many workers. The utilization of various parts of Jatropha was reviewed by many scientists started about one decade

Responsible Editor: Henner Hollert
PC Abhilash, Pankaj Srivastava, Sarah Jamil, and Nandita Singh contributed equally to this paper.