Jatropha Sub - Programme

    Radolph Diesel who invented the diesel engine first used jatropha oil as his source of energy. The advent of fossil oil reduced the importance of jatropha oil as source of fuel but still used in pharmaceuticals. The curret emphasis on renewable source of fuel has stimulated interest on jatropha as a source of biofuel in Nigeria, Jatropha is used essentially as a boundary plant for fencing in compounds. The uses are limited but interest has begun to be shown in the crop.

    A strong team from IAR has collected some provenances throughout Nigeria that have potential for good seed yield. These have been planted out and are being evaluated in Samaru.



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