Advanced Biofuel Center

Nonfood Biodiesel Seed Leaflet: Simarouba glauca

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Courtesy of Advanced Biofuel Center

Simarouba glauca is an important tree species growing in the forests of Central and South America.  National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources first introduced it in 1960s in the Research Station at Amravathi, Maharashtra.  This was brought to the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore in 1986 and systematic Research and Developmental activities began from 1992 onwards.

Considering Simarouba glauca’s potential as an oilseed feedstock for biodiesel CJP has honor to establish this untapped resource as alternative source for Bio- Diesel industry of future.

It is wise to cultivate versatile oilseed bearing trees like Lakshmi tharu (Simarouba) with high    productivity to meet the edible, industrial and biofuel oil needs of the world, as renewable source, for long term gains. Its cultivation in  
  marginal/ wastelands generates employment to thousands of farmers, artisans, carpenters,  pharmacists and others at village level For this an integrated approach has to be    developed involving scientists, growers,  industrialists and policy makers

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