SOURCE: Centre for Management Technology

April 29, 2008 00:30 ET

Is Jatropha Really a Solution for Fuel Instead of Food Predicament of Biofuels?

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - The second JatrophaWorld 2008 conference will be held in Miami, Florida, U.S. on June 9-11, 2008. The conference will gather together the major authorities on the growing and harvesting of jatropha as an alternative energy source as well as the financing, genetics and agronomy of jatropha. Delegates will also be able to network and develop new and potentially vital business relationships.

JatrophaWorld Miami will capitalize on the progress made at JatrophaWorld Jakarta, January 2008, and will emphasize the production of jatropha as an alternative energy source in the Americas.

JatrophaWorld 2008 conference speakers will debunk a list of 11 major myths concerning growing jatropha, jatropha seed's use as a feedstock for biodiesel, and jatropha refining.

Some of the over 23 major speakers talk about their papers:

-- "Based upon feasibility studies and test plots operated in India, Mexico and the U.S., I will be making comparisons and recommendations for the future development of jatropha in the U.S.," said Russell Teall of Biodiesel Industries, Inc.

-- Luis Rodolfo Montes Osorio, Wageningen University said, "I will discuss the Global Jatropha curcas Evaluation Project (GJEP) which comprises identification and widening the genetic base of J. curcas for breeding purposes."

-- Jon McLea, Director, Imperium Renewables said, "I will discuss all the important agronomic criteria related to plantation site selection. And I will address the process of evaluating land suitability."

There will also be a one-day workshop entitled 'A-Z of Jatropha curcas L.' by Dr. ir. Raymond Jongschaap of the Global Jatropha Evaluation Program at the Wageningen University and Research Centre. This essential workshop will give newcomers a thorough introduction to the complete Jatropha value chain.

The third day of JatrophaWorld 2008 is devoted to a field trip to ECHO's Global Farm with its diverse plantings of "underutilized" crops, including 3 1/2 to 4 year-old jatropha plants, the first fully mature grove of Jatropha in Florida. And to Dream Fuels Ltd.'s Jatropha Nursery where Jatropha growing methods will be demonstrated and discussed. There will also be a question and answer session with research staff.

Those wanting to keep up with the rapidly expanding jatropha industry need to visit to find out more about JatrophaWorld 2008 and how to register for the conference, field trip and workshop.

About Centre for Management Technology

CMT is dedicated to the provision of the latest global technology and business information in the chemical industry through high profile conferences focusing on renewable, liquid energy sources. This has established CMT as the market leader in promoting this nascent industry as an alternative global powerhouse.

About JatrophaWorld 2008

JatrophaWorld 2008 Miami is a showcase of all the latest trends and shifts occurring in the Jatropha value chain, bringing together on a single platform, the best expertise to discuss and analyze the present and future dynamics of Jatropha from a technological and socio-economic angle.

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