Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

University of Florida Jatropha Experiment to Be Aboard Space Shuttle Discovery Flight

Biofuels Journal
Date Posted: October 29, 2010

Gainesville, FL—A University of Florida researcher will have an experiment aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery for what could be its final mission.

Wagner Vendrame, an associate professor of environmental horticulture at UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, is known for his work with biofuels.

He’s been looking to develop new ways to propagate selected hybrids of the jatropha nut, because its oil holds great potential for use in biodiesel.

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