In Singapore, JOil announced a contract with Indian plant biotech company KF Bioplants in which KFB will produce and deliver an initial volume of one million tissue-culture derived Jatropha curcas plants using JOil’s proprietary tissue culture technology by 2011. JOil is using material from its own global germplasm collection. JOil, in partnership with Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, has developed a protocol which enables the production of millions of true to type clones through tissue culture.
This protocol has been tested on a small scale at KFB and other international tissue culture facilities, and the new project will be the first commercial production of Jatropha curcas using tissue culture technology.
In the mean time JOIL is setting up selection and production trials at different places in the world. I travelled with them in Tanzania to find suitable spots. The most accurate information is that the test site in Tamil Nadu, India is producing 2 tonnes per ha after the first year. It is important to know however that Tamil Nadu receives only 700-800 mm of rain, so additional irrigation was needed to achieve this amount of yield so early . During dry spells, irrigation is given every 15 days
QUINVITA launches two new cultivars in its QUINVITA PRO (QVP) seed product portfolio
The Industrial Crops Technology Company, QUINVITA announces today the selection of two new cultivars in the QUINVITA PRO (QVP) seeds product portfolio: QVP 1003 and QVP 1064. Both these cultivars have been selected in the global breeding program of QUINVITA on the basis of high performance for several yield components of Jatropha curcas (oil content, fruits per bunch, bunches per season). QVP 1003 and QVP 1064 have entered the QUINVITA product placement trial network and the QVP seed production program. Seed of these cultivars will be available for preferred customers of QUINVITA for the 2011-2012 planting seasons.