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Analysis of extractables from one euphorbia

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Chemical analyses have been made of the heptane extractable material ofEuphorbia lathyris, a plant which has been proposed as an “energy farm” candidate. The heptane extract is 4–5% of the dry plant weight and has a heat value of ≈18×103 BTU/Ib. This reduced photosynthetic material consists almost entirely of polycyclic triterpenoids.

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Nemethy, E.K., Otvos, J.W. & Calvin, M. Analysis of extractables from one euphorbia. J Am Oil Chem Soc 56, 957–960 (1979).

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