South Dakota State University collaborated with Agrisoma Biosciences, Inc., and the SD Oilseeds Council to develop an oilseed crop, Carinata, to be used for production of bio-based jet fuel and diesel for the U.S. Navy. Carinata, which has the potential to be used as a 100 percent petroleum substitute in biodiesel, bio-jet fuel, oil additives, and specialty lubricants, can reduce dependence on petroleum-based products. The NIFA-funded project specifically gives farmers in semi-arid and arid areas the potential to transform the economy of their regions.
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