Facts about Jatropha

Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) is an oil seed plant belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. Its seeds contain around 30% oil, depending on genotype. Jatropha curcas L. is probably native to Central America, but nowadays occurs in the Tropcis and Subtropics worldwide.

The plant, which is also known as physic nut, grows in a large range of climates and soils. Jatropha is an eligible candidate to

  •    produce sustainable fuels
  •    recultivate degraded soils
  •    increase rural income and create employment

Agronomic advantages of Jatropha over common annual crops:

  •    needs to be established only once in the production cycle
  •    is drought tolerant
  •    withstands high temperatures
  •    can survive on wasteland and improve the quality of soils
  •    has high water and nutrient effiency
  •    needs less use of herbicides