African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 780


Some potential biofuel plants for production of biodiesel in semi-arid and arid conditions: A review

Jolly Garg1 and Ashwani Kumar2
  1Department of batany , d.a.k. Degree  college,  moradabad, India. 2Energy plantation demonstration project centre, department of botany, university of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004. India.
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  •  Accepted: 11 April 2013
  •  Published: 30 April 2013


In India the demand of petroleum products has significantly increased during the last two decades due to rapid expansion in transport, industrial and agricultural sector. Plants provide source of renewable energy. A number of plants belonging to families Euphorbiaceae,  Asclepiadaceae, Apocynaceae, Convolvulaceae etc. posses hydrocarbons. These triterpenoids are hexane extractable and can be converted into biofuel using hydro in their saps and latex. They contain hydrocarbons, which have over 30% of tri-terpenoids cracking.  Screening of various biofuel plants was carried out.


Key words: Euphorbiaceae, latex, hydrocarbons, renewable sources of energy.