Applications of Jatropha curcas Cake

  • Simone MendonçaEmail author
  • Taísa Godoy Gomes
  • Félix Gonçalves de Siqueira
  • Robert Neil Gerard Miller


Jatropha curcas, a tropical and subtropical shrub/tree, has been emerging as a promising biodiesel crop because of its high oil content and ability to grow in marginal lands. The kernel cake is the major by-product of the Jatropha biodiesel chain, rich in protein and has potential to be used in livestock feed; however, the presence of anti-nutritional factors and phorbol esters limits its use. Thus, this report discusses on phorbol esters toxicity and risks and strategies for cake detoxification. Besides feeding application of J. curcas cake – that we see as a possibility of integration with biodiesel and food chains – we presented some other alternative uses.


Animal feed Biodiesel Detoxification Phorbol esters Press cake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Mendonça
    • 1
    Email author
  • Taísa Godoy Gomes
    • 2
  • Félix Gonçalves de Siqueira
    • 1
  • Robert Neil Gerard Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Embrapa AgroenergiaBrasíliaBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Departamento de Biologia CelularUniversidade de Brasília, Campus Universitário Darcy RibeiroBrasíliaBrazil

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