News - Latest developments on the Jatropha market

04.2018

+++ JATROPHA HELPS MITIGATING THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE +++

The generation of rain in the desert is an old dream of mankind. However, until now there is no scientifically recognized result that such a process has been successfully realized. And yet there are natural rainfall events in desert areas even in summer. Prof. Dr. Wulfmeyer, head of the Institute of Physics and Meteorology of the University of Hohenheim, presented the current state of research on Bio-Geo-Engineering and its influence on weather in hot and dry areas in a public lecture given in Stuttgart 12th March 2018. In his talk, Prof. Dr. Wulfmeyer pointed out that jatropha has particularly promising attributes as a plant for afforestation of degraded land, carbon sequestration and utilization of wastewater. Large scale cultivation of jatropha in hot and dry areas has the potential to positively impact cloud formation, rainfall and temperatures, thereby significantly reducing CO2 content in the atmosphere.
 Jatropha in Luxor
 
Mankind faces tremendous challenges caused by the effects of global warming and climate change (droughts, desertification, loss of biodiversity etc.). Cultivation of JatroSolutions DesertGreen varieties, which are adapted to high temperatures and minimum irrigation, can contribute to mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

 

04.2018

 

+++ NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR +++

Our management team is extended by our new managing director Sebastian Held, who used to be a member of the original JatroSolutions team at the very start of our company. Now, he will share the position of managing director with Ralf Scholz-Flug and lead our team full time. Mr. Held will focus on strategic and sales-oriented activities around our product range.

 

03.2018

+++ BIODEGRADABLE CHAINSAW OIL FROM JATROPHA +++

Biodegradable chainsaw oil based on jatropha is on the market in Paraguay. This new oil is ideal for the use at environmentally sensitive working sites, such as water protection areas, water reservoirs, tree nurseries or silvopastoral systems. The oil has particularly positive environmental characteristics and is less harmful compared to synthetic lubricants. Its sustainability is further enhanced by local production and use (JatroSelect Paraguay).

   

02.2018

 

+++ PLANT OIL COOKER - EFFICIENT, SAFE AND CLEAN+++

The plant oil cooker (POC) is a possibility for clean indoor air to protect the health of a family. Additionally the POC saves 50-70 % as traditionally used like the three stone fire cookers.
The cooker will need 1-3 litres of oil per week or 50-150 litres per year for a family of 4-5 members. The high yielding varieties of JatroSolutions (based on GreenFuels) can produce this annual requirement of oil with about 200-250 plants of Jatropha curcas.
German students have developed an improved ignition method with jute tape or Jatropha pellets deeply soaked in Jatropha oil.

01.2018

 

+++ A NEW DOCTOR AMONG OUR TEAM  +++

We are proud to announce that Elisa Senger recently passed the last step to achieve her PhD in plant breeding: She presented the results of her research in a colloquium entitled "Characterization and management of Jatropha curcas L." at the renowned University of Hohenheim. She contributes her skills and knowledge to our breeding team since 2012 and supports the steady improvement of our cultivars significantly.

01.2018

 

+++  INTERCROPPING  +++

Intercropping, or mixed cropping system, is a huge opportunity for the grower to generate extra profits in addition to the main crop. The land is used for simultaneous cultivation of different crops, each available niche is used. According to our successful test runs, Jatropha is best suited for such growing systems and can be easily combined with annual crops such as sesame, groundnut, vegetables, or finger millet. No matter if the parcels are surrounded with Jatropha or if alternating rows are planted: You´ll benefit from this double utilisation of your land. What are you waiting for? Go ahead for intercropping Jatropha!

 

 12.2017

  +++ JATROSOLUTIONS IS IN CONTACT WITH MEXICAN RESEARCHERS  +++

„The Director of our Business Unit Chuta®, M.Sc. Lissette Hernández, met this year with four Mexican researchers to exchange experiences of the potential of non-toxic Jatropha in the food and feed industry and to evaluate the possibility of establishing future cooperation projects. JatroSolutions GmbH looks forward to working further with these and other international researchers to integrate knowledge and innovation of edible Jatropha into high quality and sustainable value chains.
In the photo, from left to right: Dr. Jorge Martínez-Herrera (Director of INIFAP in Tabasco), M.Sc. Elizabeth Argüello-García (researcher in Universidad Popular de la Chontalpa), M.Sc. Lissette Hernández (JatroSolutions GmbH), Dr. Andrea Valdés-Rodríguez (researcher in El Colegio de Veracruz), Dr. Odilón Sánchez-Sánchez (researcher in Centre for Tropical Research, Universidad Veracruzana).”

11.2017

  +++ BE A PIONEER! +++

In 2018, Chuta® will be approved as a novel food in Europe.
Be a pioneer in Chuta® 
  cultivation using our EdibleNut seed cultivars and start with the necessary preparations now!
Please do not hesitate to contact us for your seed purchase: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

10.2017

                                                                  

 

We at JatroSolutions mourn the demise of our co-founder and former CEO Klaus Tropf, who unexpectedly passed away on October 9th, 2017. All of us feel a great loss and would like to express our deep respect for this dedicated superior and person.

 

09.2017

+++ STUDENTS PROJECT WAS LAUNCHED IN INDIA +++

At our breeding station in Karnataka state, India, we recently launched a project with students. The training aims at supporting the young researchers in their professional education by giving them insights to practical breeding and agriculture. At the same time, they help us in our intensive hybridization project. The students are in their last year of bachelor program. For many of them, this is their first job opportunity.

 

 

   

 

08.2017

+++ JATROPHA KERNEL MEAL AS A REPLACEMENT FOR FISHMEAL IN ECO-EFFICIENT PRODUCED FISH FEED +++

Prof. Dr. Ulfert Focken, Thünen Institute, Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Ahrensburg develops a low-cost fish feed (carp and tilapia) for tropical and subtropical aquaculture, funded by Federal office for Agriculture and Food (BLE). In the project, the traditionally used fish meal, is replaced with protein rich Jatropha kernel meal. -> http://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/schleswig-holstein/Forscher-entwickeln-Fischfutter-aus-Jatropha-Nuss,fischfutter104.html. The Jatropha kernel meal was produced by JatroSolutions GmbH. Jatropha seeds were de-shelled, the oil extracted and then the defatted dried kernel meal was detoxified with ethanol. -> http://jatrosolutions.com/jatropha-research/processing/ble.html

JatroSolutions expects that within a short time the fish feed can be produced more efficiently if the Jatropha kernel meal can be replaced by the Chuta kernel meal -> www.chuta.de.

 

 

07.2017

+++ UNPRECEDENTEDLY GOOD YIELDS OF SECOND GENERATION JATROPHA HYBRIDS AT MARGINAL ARID SITES +++

Results of the current harvest season have demonstrated a further increase of the superiority of hybrid cultivars over conventional jatropha cultivars. Even in the dry areas of northern Cameroon (close to Sahel zone) seed yields of jatropha hybrid cultivars were unprecedentedly good. Dr. Matthias Martin, the breeding director of JatroSolutions, emphasizes the advantages of the new hybrid cultivars developed in the edible and non-edible jatropha breeding programs of JatroSolutions. Hybrid cultivars already show impressive seed yields within a relatively short period of three years. The seed yields of 2nd generation hybrids of the biofuel cultivars were up to 2.5 times higher than those of the best conventional jatropha cultivars. Furthermore, in the edible jatropha segment of chuta nuts, hybrid cultivars had 50 % higher nut yields than the best conventional cultivars. Thus, hybrid seeds will transform jatropha and its edible sister, chuta, into viable alternatives to traditional crops.

   

 

                                                                  

 


New Breeding Director of JatroSolutions GmbH:

Dr. Matthias Martin holds a PhD in plant breeding from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and has been involved in genetic improvement of Jatropha curcas since 2011.