I heard about the Jatropha tree as an innovative biofuel. Why is that?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The jatropha tree is coming to be seen as a major hope for those searching for better sources of biofuel.

One of the major factors that makes jatropha a likely candidate for exploitation is the fact that it is relatively easy to cultivate.  It grows naturally in rather harsh conditions.  Therefore, it can grow in poor soils.

It is also hoped that growing jatropha can be a source of income for poor farmers in areas that have a hard time growing cash crops.

One current project using jatropha is currently underway in Chhatisgarh state in India.