Vernonia galamensis, Potential new crop source of epoxy acid
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- Perdue, R.E., Carlson, K.D. & Gilbert, M.G. Econ Bot (1986) 40: 54. doi:10.1007/BF02858947
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Vernonia galamensis is a good source of seed oil rich in epoxy acid, which can be used to manufacture plastic formulations, protective coatings, and other products. Seed from a natural stand in Ethiopia contained 31% epoxy acid. Under cultivation in Kenya, this unimproved germplasm produced a substantial yield of seed with 32% epoxy acid. This African species has good natural seed retention and is a promising new crop for semiarid tropical areas.