Breeding Objectives

Our breeding objectives are determined by the traits that define the economic success of Jatropha growers. Therefore, we pursue the following major objectives:

  • To increase Jatropha yield and yield stability across environments and years.
  • To increase oil content in seeds of Jatropha for use as biofuel feedstock.
  • To increase protein content in kernels of edible Jatropha, which is free from toxins and antinutrients, for use as food and feed.
  • To improve performance of Jatropha under arid and marginal growing conditions.
  • To improve plant physiology (plant height, fruit retention, flowering and production behavior, etc.) for optimisation of harvest and agronomic management.
  • To improve tolerance to diseases and pests.


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