Jatropha, Challenges for a New Energy Crop

Volume 3: A Sustainable Multipurpose Crop

  • Sujatha Mulpuri
  • Nicolas Carels
  • Bir Bahadur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Selective Breeding and Genetic Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthias Martin, Brigitte Bohlinger, Elisa Senger, Euloge Dongmeza, Zafitsara Tantely Andrianirina, Juan M. Montes
      Pages 3-27
    3. José Luis Solís Bonilla, Biaani Beeu Martínez Valencia, Guillermo López-Guillén, Alfredo Zamarripa Colmenero
      Pages 29-44
    4. Bruno Galvêas Laviola, Erina Vitório Rodrigues, Larissa Pereira Ribeiro, Lidiane Aparecida Silva, Leonardo de Azevedo Peixoto, Leonardo Lopes Bhering
      Pages 45-62
    5. Kularb Laosatit, Shinji Kikuchi, Narathid Muakrong, Peerasak Srinives
      Pages 63-78
    6. Qiantang Fu, Yan-Bin Tao, Zeng-Fu Xu
      Pages 79-93
    7. Shaik G. Mastan, Mangal Singh Rathore, Swati Kumari, Reddy P. Muppala, Nitish Kumar
      Pages 95-110
    8. Nisha Govender, Zeti-Azura Mohamed-Hussein, Ratnam Wickneswari
      Pages 111-130
    9. Anoop Anand Malik, Shashi Bhushan Tripathi
      Pages 131-143
    10. Daniele Trebbi, Samathmika Ravi, Chiara Broccanello, Claudia Chiodi, Piergiorgio Stevanato
      Pages 145-160
  3. Metabolism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. José Ángel Huerta-Ocampo, Ana Paulina Barba de la Rosa
      Pages 181-198
    3. Nicolas Carels, Milena Magalhães, Carlyle Ribeiro Lima, Bir Bahadur, Marcio Argollo de Menezes
      Pages 199-251
  4. Physiology and Plant Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Guillermo López-Guillén, José Luis Solís Bonilla, Biaani Beeu Martínez Valencia, Elizabeth Herrera Parra, Alfredo Zamarripa Colmenero
      Pages 255-272
    3. Diolina Moura Silva, Ramon Negrão Santos Jr., Pedro Corrêa Damasceno Jr.
      Pages 289-321
    4. Atul Grover, Sweta Singh, Abhinav Singh, Madhu Bala
      Pages 323-346
  5. Feeding Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Jorge Martínez Herrera, Edgardo Bautista Ramírez, Cristian Jiménez Martínez, Jorge Luis Corzo Ríos, Xaris M. Sánchez Chino, Elizabeth Argüello García
      Pages 349-363
    3. Simone Mendonça, Taísa Godoy Gomes, Félix Gonçalves de Siqueira, Robert Neil Gerard Miller
      Pages 365-380
  6. Coproducts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Gustavo N. Oliveira, Natane C. Barbosa, Felipe C. Araújo, Pedro H. G. Souza, André V. H. Soares, Fernando C. Peixoto et al.
      Pages 383-414
    3. Nithiyanantham Srinivasan, Kalaiselvi Palanisamy, Sujatha Mulpuri
      Pages 415-435
    4. Luciane Madureira Almeida, Fábio Santos Matos, Elisa Flávia Luiz Cardoso Bailão, Pablo José Gonçalves
      Pages 437-459
  7. Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-473
    2. Ana Lúcia de Lima, Claudio J. A. Mota
      Pages 475-491
  8. Socio-Economic Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 493-493

About this book


Jatropha curcas, or physic nut, is a small tree that, in tropical climates, produces fruits with seeds containing ~38% oil. The physic nut has the potential to be highly productive and is amenable to subculture in vitro and to genetic modification. It also displays remarkable diversity and is relatively easy to cross hybridize within the genus. Thanks to these promising features, J. curcas is emerging as a promising oil crop and is gaining commercial interest among the biofuel research communities. However, as a crop, physic nut has been an economic flop since 2012, because the species was not fully domesticated and the average productivity was less than 2 t/ha, which is below the threshold of profitability. Nevertheless, hybrids with a productivity of >7 t/ha could be reached and it is contributing to new markets in some countries. As such, it is important fro research to focus on the physiology and selective breeding of Jatropha .

This book provides a positive global update on Jatropha, a crop that has suffered despite its promising agronomic and economic potential. The editors have used their collective expertise in agronomy, botany, selective breeding, biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics to seek out high-quality contributions that address the bottleneck features in order to improve the economic trajectory of physic nut breeding.


Economic Viability Jatropha curcas Physic Nut Physiology Selective Breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • Sujatha Mulpuri
    • 1
  • Nicolas Carels
    • 2
  • Bir Bahadur
    • 3
  1. 1.ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds ResearchHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz)Center for Technological Development in Health (CDTS)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Department of BotanyKakatiya UniversityWarangalIndia

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