Recent Developments in Jatropha Research


Juan Francisco García Martín, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Seville, Spain

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI011000

The genus Jatropha comprises a range of species with a wide range of potential applications. For instance, J. dioica and J. curcas have important medicinal, pharmaceutical and food uses, as described throughout the book. Most of the chapters of this book are focused on this later species, which is considered as the most promising and the one with the most applications. J. curcas oil is used as substrate for biodiesel production and, due to its high tolerance and uptake of metals, this plant is also used in phytoremediation, to be specific for the remediation of degraded mining areas. This book presents an overview of both current and promising applications of the species of Jatropha to the agricultural, mining and biofuel industries and, to lesser extent, the pharmaceutical and food industries. The agronomic practices (genotypes, plant density, fertilization, pruning and harvest date) are described as well. The most recent developments are discussed and the future prospects for research in these fields are explored.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Citotoxic, chemoprotective an antioxidant capacity of Jatropha dioica.
Chapter 2. Recent advances and innovations on Jatropha curcas L. processing: a scientific approach.
Chapter 3. Environmental and agronomical practices in Jatropha curcas and the effects on growth, productivity and oil quality.
Chapter 4. Present research status of Jatropha curcas as biofuel.
Chapter 5. Methods of extraction, pre-treatment and synthesis of biodiesel using Jatropha curcas L. oil as raw material: a review.
Chapter 6. Influence of injection timing and compression ratio on performance, emission and combustion characteristics of jatropha methyl ester operated in diesel engine.
Chapter 7. Cracking and synergistic co-cracking of jatropha oil with plastics, petroleum vacuum residue and bagasse.
Chapter 8. Heavy metals phytoremediation potential of Jatropha curcas.
Chapter 9. Reuse of acidic mine water. Study of its tolerance by Jatropha curcas L.
Chapter 10. Removal of Pb(II) and Cd(II) in aqueous solutions by Jatropha curcas leaves.
Chapter 11. Flour wheat tortillas fortificated with piñon silvestre (Jatropha curcas).

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