The camelina plant, which shows promise as a biofuel because of the oil contained in its seeds, could become an economically feasible alternative to conventional jet fuel.
NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is supporting regional biofuel industries around the country. In the Northwest, researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and other institutions are investigating the economic feasibility of camelina as a source for biofuels and other bio-based materials. They have demonstrated that camelina can be grown on marginal land. It also has potential to serve as a rotational crop with wheat, which would aid soil preservation, and may provide a new, alternative market for farmers.
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