Potential use of Macaúba for biokerosene production and recovery of degraded pastures in Brazil

A plant which is commonly found throughout Brazil can become the newest source of clean energy for world aviation. Major international airlines are looking for alternatives to the kerosene that moves airplane turbines, and macaúba may be the solution. The difficulties that could hinder the transformation of a rustic plant into a great business for farmers have been overcome. Studies conducted at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) have focused on the production chain of macaúba, which has the potential to become the new green gold of Brazil. The state of Minas Gerais is able to lead such business by taking advantage of degraded pastures and using them for agroforestry activities. Read more


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