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Field pennycress a suitable plant for producing biofuel?

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 12, 2010

Taken from Biodiesel Magazine
"Field pennycress shows feedstock  potential"




Research conducted by the UDSA’s Agricultural Research Service has  identified a promising new feedstock for biodiesel production, Thlaspi arvense.  More commonly known as field pennycress, the plant is a member of Brassicaceae  family, which includes canola and camelina. The project is being completed at  the Peoria-Ill.-based ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research.  According Bryan Moser, an ARS research chemist, the research team has been  studying field pennycress for approximately seven years, while the biodiesel  component of the project has been ongoing for the past four years. “The work  that we do in our unit, the Bio-Oils Research Unit, spans basically everything  from agronomic development and oil process, all the way to the production of  biodiesel and evaluation of the properties of methyl esters that result from  field pennycress oil,” Moser said. The work completed by Moser and other members  of the field pennycress research team have shown that field pennycress seeds  contain roughly 26 percent oil by weight. “On a yield-per-acre basis, you could  expect to obtain somewhere around 100 gallons [of oil] per acre of field  pennycress,” Moser said. Results of the team’s study were published in  Energy & Fuels.