Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.)

Wani, S P (2013) Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.). In: Biofuel Crops: Production, Physiology and Genetics. CABI, Nosworthy Way, pp. 312-338. ISBN 978-1845938857

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The claim of jatropha (Jatropha curcas) being a wonder plant is based on its perceived ability to grow successfully in semi-arid environmental conditions and on degraded soils. This chapter describes the (i) plant root traits and their significance for drought tolerance; (ii) jatropha plantations' impact on hydrological processes (water balance, sediment transport and soil loss) and soil and environmental quality (carbon and nutrient sequestration and soil biology in the plant rhizosphere); (iii) cultivation including vegetative propagation, application of fertilizers and growth regulators, pruning, insect pests and diseases, intercropping, and seed yield; and (iv) genetic improvement involving assessment of variability in jatropha accessions using molecular markers. The factors controlling up-scaling of jatropha cultivation are also discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiesel, Biofuel
Subjects: Others > Jatropha
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 11:20
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2013 11:25
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7070
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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