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Could Camelina Sativa be a Biofuel Miracle Crop?

While jatropha is taking off as a biofuel stock, camelina sativa is garnering some attention of its own for its potential as a biofuel that would work with, not against, food crops.

The pros of the plant include that it doesn’t require much rainfall, yields crops double that of soy beans, produces an oil resistant to colder temperatures, and the leftovers after the oil is buy levitra without a prescription extracted makes for good livestock feed. Additionally, it can be grown in rotation with wheat crops, helping to increase wheat yields by 15% while producing up to 100 gallons of camelina oil per acre. Since it produces industrial oil, and not food oil, yet leftovers can be used as food for animals that become food, it would go a long way in reducing the debate swirling around food crops as biofuel. Those are some pretty attractive pros.

The cons include growers not knowing much about the plant, and not a lot of field testing has been done on it (Montana State University is working on more studies on that). However one feels about growing crops to fuel machines, advocates of biofuel may be turning to this plant as an option for a high-yield crop that doesn’t get in the way of other important food crops like wheat.

Via Biofuels Digest, CheckBiotech

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written by Shoesaroo, August 20, 2008
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Apparently, someone always has to be an
written by Scott B., August 20, 2008
Hopefully, one day we can figure out how to make biofuel out of asses who needlessly complain about grammar. Talk about an unlimited resource.
written by JohnnyC, August 20, 2008
Can this be smoked? It's Sativa after all 8)
In aggreeance with Scott B.
written by Steve M., August 20, 2008
That would definitely free up our wheat resources... :)
written by Mae, August 20, 2008
I don't understand why more research isn't put into bio-fuels! This plant sounds amazing if it's everything it seems to be!
written by Jim Jones, August 20, 2008
Shame we cant waste less on Dictator Bushs stupid global domination efforts and tramadol for cats start spending that money wisely!

One of the Best plants for this purpose
written by Fred Sanford, August 20, 2008
not only does it grow easily, the seeds produce as much as 4x the oil of Soy (which would be more than the above mentioned plant). It produces more fiber per acre than trees, for both paper and rope/cloth.

THis same fiber (if ever a cellulotic ethanol process is perfected) can be used for that too.

Can be grown nearly anywhere (there are still help plants *trying* to grow after being planted (and mowed/tilled) during WWII (1940ish).

Just remember -
-- The original Declaration (and constitution I think) was written on hemp paper.
-- It was ILLEGAL NOT to grow hemp during and for a time after the revolutionary war.
-- Levi's original jeans were hemp cloth
(just a few points)

I second that.
written by CX, August 20, 2008
I second that Fred. It is definitely a great resource for many things from grains, oil, medicine, rope, tapestries, clothes, rugs and sails.
Compost everything
written by Brent Jones, August 20, 2008
Make compost of all garbage. Yes you have to pull out the organics that rot. At the same time sort out metals, glass, plastic and paper. This can and SHOULD be done now. Make methane. Make ethanol. Then start growing GRASS, no not cannibus, for fermentation to alcohol. Make a law that says no food crops (=corn, wheat, soy, etc.) shall ever be used for fuel. We could convert to ethanol in 5 years, folks!! Just 5 years!!
Hemp would be better
written by Kyler, August 20, 2008
Hemp is a very good biofuel alternative, and the growing and harvesting of it has been understood and refined for centruries
written by Isabel S., August 21, 2008
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BTW my husband has an old U-Haul truck (diesel) he used bio diesel to run it.
Of The Earth
written by beau, August 21, 2008
While this plant has some well described advantages over food based biofuel, there is still the problem of it coming from the ground, sucking up land and energy for other crops. Not to mention the biproducts that may come from burning it for fuel. I have yet to come across a better idea than solar power meet the world's ever-increasing energy needs.
written by 800HighTech, August 21, 2008
I new someone would ask if this could be smoked! no answer to that question but I'd agree that this seems like a viable option for a high-yield bio-fuel crop.
Not a food oil? Are you sure?
written by Mac, August 21, 2008
Please do bother to check with other online sources before making assertions.

A simple search on wikipedia yields:

Which clearly states that this plant has been cultivated for thousands of years as an edible oil crop (as well as fuel for lamps).
written by psychic readings, August 21, 2008
Why don't you go smoke it and see for yourself? ;>
written by James, April 29, 2009
Your posts states: ...'and the leftovers after the oil is extracted makes for good livestock feed'.

This is false information and not true. Please read up on seed glucosinolate levels, AAFCO, FDA and the use of camelina meal as a feedstock. While your at it, research who is paying for large corporate studys to pfizer levitra get FDA approval for feeding camelina meal to stock animals.

The glucosinolate levels in the meal is what prevented this plant from gaining traction in Europe some time ago.
industrial pretreatment
written by wingfish, May 08, 2009
I think there is one other thing. I recently discovered how much water it takes to produce ethanol, anywhere between 21-100 gallons per gallon.
That's pretty scary if you ask me. So find out how much water it takes to produce the end product. None of this is going to matter if we don't have water.
Promising Feedstock
written by Michael Brement, July 02, 2009
I have been researching possible feedstocks for BioDiesel production for several months, and Camelina is proving to be the most attractive non-food feedstock that will be commercially viable in Northern Latitudes. As for the Glucosinolate levels in the potential animal feed; the highest levels come in at 50 mg/gram of feed. The breakeven production costs for growing Camelina is $1.56/bushel when you use 1500#/acre as a yield. The complaint about valuable land use for non-food crops is answered by current market conditions. In the East, the subsidies for growing Tobacco are starting to dry up, and Tobacco Farmers are nervous about finding a substitute cash crop. Camelina could easily fill that gap without affecting valuable food farm land. One other point about the advantages of Camelina; it takes far less water to grow Camelina than it does Soybeans (or for that mater, Tobacco; not to healthcare of canada pharmacy mention, fertilizer and pesticides).
One last point, Hemp also has a lot of advantages as a feedstock and could be a viable candidate. The reason no one is willing to consider Hemp is the where to get viagra cheap potential misuse that is sure to arise. Getting the Government to believe that the Human Race stopped being greedy overnight is not going to happen.
Plant Manager
written by Paul Stewart, August 05, 2009
Dear Editor / or Plant growers,
Could anyone assist me with information as to yields on Camelina, in any range of soils and natural levitra weather conditions?
I can be reached via private email on:-
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Thank you
Paul H. Stewart.
written by Robin Herne, April 01, 2010
smilies/wink.gif Marijuana and that's all I'll say. (;
written by Vivianne Mosca-Clark, April 05, 2010
An efficient cellulostic ethanol system was developed in the University of Oregon at Corvallis in the mid seventies, and was suppressed by university politic. Dr.A.Anderson was the foremost authority on alcohol production in the country at the time. The information is included in an article he wrote entitled "Ruminant feed digestibility studies." as close as memory allows. The system was mechanical hydrolysis of viagra pfizer india cellulose directly into sugar with a system simple enough to be considered agricultural as opposed to mexico levitra industrial.

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