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The Potential of Castor as a Biodiesel Feedstock Crop for the Arabian Peninsula

There is an increasing need to turn to biofuels to meet growing world fuel requirements. Oil-rich regions such as the Arabian Peninsula should be no exception in exploring alternative, renewable and environment-friendly fuel options in order to decrease their dependency on non-renewable fossil fuels. In this study we have carried out field trials of castor (Ricinus communis) in order to assess its suitability as a biodiesel feedstock crop in the region. We have also studied the response of 11 hybrid accessions of castor to three saline irrigation water treatments (5, 10 and 15 dS/m) and determined that castor can tolerate up to 5 dS/m salinity in irrigation water without any negative effect on oilseed yield.

Authors: 
Kiran Menon, S. Irshad Ahmed, Neeru Sood and Nanduri K. Rao
Year: 
2015
Publication type: 
Scientific Paper
Publication Source: 
Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
Volume/Chapter/Issue: 
1
Page Number: 
1-9
ISBN: 
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05708-8_1

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