San Diego Business Journal

Firm Finds Plant’s Genetic Diversity a Plus in Biofuel Production

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Biofuel maker SGB reported recently that there’s more to love about an inedible, oily plant called Jatropha, which the company is using in efforts to create biofuel.

SGB, also known as SG Biofuels, said tests revealed that Jatropha curcas has a genetic diversity comparable to corn and other domesticated crops. Previously, scientists didn’t think the plant had that much genetic diversity.

The San Diego firm is working to make fuel from the plant’s oil. With that sort of genetic diversity, the company said, scientists can use molecular breeding to improve yield and reduce costs.

SGB’s investors include Finistere Ventures, Flint Hills Resources, Life Technologies Corp. and Thomas, McNerney & Partners.

— SDBJ Staff Report