Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 127–131 | Cite as

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

  • P. C. Abhilash
  • Pankaj Srivastava
  • Sarah Jamil
  • Nandita Singh
Letter to the Editor

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 Jatrophawas reviewed by many scientists started about one...


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The authors are thankful to the Director of the National Botanical Research Institute for providing facilities. Financial help from DBT is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are also due to Mrs. Almut Henrich for editorial help and Prof. Henner Hollert and one anonymous reviewer for critical comments and suggestions. Authors sincerely apologies to all other Jatropha researchers whose work could not be cited due to space limit.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Abhilash
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pankaj Srivastava
    • 1
  • Sarah Jamil
    • 1
  • Nandita Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Eco-Auditing Group, National Botanical Research InstituteCouncil of Scienctific & Industrail ResearchLucknowIndia
  2. 2.School for Environmental ScienceBabasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University)LucknowIndia

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