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Acrocomia Species (Macauba Palm)

  • O. J. Crocomo
  • M. Melo
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 35)


The tropical oil palms of the genus Acrocomia, spread all over the South and Central American continents, are very important since they produce oils that may be used for human consumption, the cosmetic industry, and also as a source of alternative fuel (Lleras 1985). Growing under natural conditions, Acrocomia palms’ oil yield is one third higher than that of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) and twice that of coconut (Cocos nucifera; Markley 1956; Wandeck and Justo 1983).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. J. Crocomo
    • 1
  • M. Melo
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, CEBTEC/Dept. of Chemistry, ESALQ/USPPiracicabaBrazil

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