Jatropha curcus, a perennial shrub, belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae. The center of origin of jatropha is uncertain, but it is believed to have originated in Mexico and Central America. It is being cultivated all over the world now. It is being primarily cultivated due to its usefulness as a biofuel. The crop is more popular as an alternative fuel option in the developing countries compared to the United States. Though little is known in the United States, jatropha is widely viewed as a potential wonder plant in many parts of the world where longtime fuel shortages have led to development of alternative energy sources to power automobiles and factories.  August 2008 ... Jatropha


  • Jatropha Biodiesel Project, Bayer CropScience, 2008 - This article discusses the utility of jatropha as a fuel plant. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company, Bayer CropScience AG and Daimler AG plan are jointly exploring the potential for a biodiesel industry based on jatropha. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the companies.
  • Jatropha plant’s oil studied as biofuel for jets, Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times , 2008 - This article discusses the use of jatropha oil as an alternative jet fuel. The oil will be refined into jet fuel at a hydro plant in the United States.
  • Jatropha tree could be a biodiesel boon for Florida farmers, UF researcher says, University of Florida News, 2007 - This Extension report describes the usefulness of jatropha plants for biodiesel and as a replacement crop.
  • Seed Oil of Jatropha curcas for Fuel, Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations - This FAO report gives the usefulness of jatropha oil for fuel. This also gives some research that is being carried out in the other countries regarding the utility of jatropha seed oil as a fuel.
  • Tropilab® Inc, Florida - Tropilab® Inc is an exporter and wholesaler of medicinal plants, herbs, tropical seeds and cut flowers. They market jatropha products. A brief description about the jatropha plant is also furnished.


  • Claims and facts on Jatropha curcas, Plant Research International, Wageningen, Netherlands, 2007.
  • Farming Biodiesel Inc., California - This social farming organization grows jatropha under controlled conditions. Cultivation details related to jatropha are mentioned.
  • Former weed may fill world's fuel tanks , Christian Science Monitor, 2007.
  • Green Gold in a Shrub, Scientific American, 2007.
  • Jatropha curcas L., Handbook of Energy Crops, Center for New Crops & Plant Products, Purdue University, 1998 - This publication gives description of the uses, cultivation and economics of jatropha crop.
  • Jatropha curcus L., Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) - It is an Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Department of Forestry, USDA website. Details about jatropha distribution and cultivation are given.
  • Jatropha fact sheet, British Petroleum (BP) - This report has facts pertaining to using jatropha as a feedstock for biodiesel production.
  • Jatropha Handbook , Fuels from Agriculture in Communal Technology (FACT), 2006.
  • Jatropha Plant Profile, Center for Jatropha Production, India.
  • The little shrub that could — maybe, Nature, 2007 - India has high hopes for jatropha as a biofuel source but must first research crop yields and the techniques needed to achieve them on a large scale.
  • My Dream Fuel LLC Company, New Energy and Fuel, April 2008 - This company in Florida is cultivating jatropha for biodiesel. Details about the company's jatropha marketing are provided.

Businesses/Case Studies

  • Arizona Bio Fuels Research - The company was founded for the purpose of research and development of alternative fuels. This private R & D company is funded by private sources. One of its projects is working for the development of a jatropha agricultural production industry. The details related to jatropha production and marketing are given.
  • Circle Biodiesel and Ethanol Corporation - This California company develops technology and manufactures equipment for the biofuel industry. It has a micropropagation laboratory to facilitate farmers in their starting of jatropha cultivation.
  • Jatropha Biofuel Technologies, Inc. - This company is a subsidiary of Amelot Holdings, Inc. The company offers an integrated approach, which includes all aspects of jatropha research, development and cultivation, including extracting technologies of jatropha oils and the processing of high-grade biodiesel.
  • Jatropha curcas L. in Africa, Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species, Rome, Italy - This case study considers the impact of jatropha on the rural population in selected African countries.
  • Jatropha curcas L. in India, Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species, Frankfurt, Germany, 2004 - This case study examines jatropha and its possible effect on rural India.

Links checked November 2009.