Jatropha Curcas, once called the „wonder plant“ for biofuel production, has lost some of its mystique.
Photo: Prof. C. Becker, Uni-Hohenheim.


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The second meeting of the „Biofuels for development” network held in Bonn/Germany at the end of September and hosted jointly by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and GDI (German Development Institute) focussed on the Jatropha plant. The hype initially surrounding this biofuel plant seems to have been replaced by disillusionment. Scientists and experts exchanged their experience and took stock.

Formerly hailed as a „wonder plant“, Jatropha curcas appears to have lost most of its mystique. The time is not yet ripe for large-scale jatropha cropping for biofuel production. The participants attending the “Biofuel for development” network meeting at the end of September in Bonn all agreed on this. But the plant has not lost its fascination, and current developments regarding the need for biokerosene for aviation have brought Jatropha biofuel back on the agenda. The private sector also still has a high demand. The meeting’s participants addressed this issue and simultaneously analysed the significance and potential of the Jatropha plant in development cooperation. Another point on the agenda was the action necessary in development policy and agricultural research resulting from the research findings now on hand and experiences obtained to date.

Researchers and practitioners presented their findings and experiences. Professor K. Becker, Hohenheim University reported on some twenty years of research in cooperation with private sector companies on potential uses for Jatropha curcas.

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