Castor Bean for Biofuel Production

Castor bean has been used for many years as an industrial oilseed crop because of its high seed oil content ( ~50%), unique fatty acid composition (high in ricinoleic acid)and lubricity, potentially high oil yields (from <100 to >250 gallons/acre have been reported), and its ability to  grow under varying moisture and soil conditions. Castor’s use

Warm Climate Feedstocks for Biodiesel

Did you know the state tree of Hawaii, the candlenut tree or kukui, can produce oil for biodiesel energy? Oil palm, coconut, jatropha, croton, candlenut, and tallow tree are warm climate trees whose oil from nuts, seeds or fruits can be used to make biodiesel. Contents Introduction Oil Palm Coconut Jatropha Croton Candlenut Tallow Tree

Sunflowers for Biofuel Production

Do you know that biodiesel energy can be made from sunflower seed oil? Oilseed sunflowers are grown easily and profitably at both small farm and large field scales. Introduction Oilseed sunflower is quickly gaining popularity as a feedstock crop for biodiesel because it shares several positive agronomic features with other common oil crops such as canola

Nutritional value of sunflower oil

Sunflower oil is a healthy edible oil known for its high content of linoleic acid. According to Professor Cao Wanxin of Xi’an Research Institute of Oil Research and Design of the National Grain Reserve Bureau, in the 21st century, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cerebral thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, hypertension and other