SG Biofuels Building Greenhouse Here

8/5/10

Another greenhouse is going up in the neighborhood. SG Biofuels, Inc., which is cultivating a Jatropha-based biofuels business, says it is establishing an advanced Jatropha research and development center in the San Diego area that will include a 42,000 square-foot greenhouse. A few weeks ago, synthetic Genomics held an open house at its greenhouse, where it is growing different species of algae for use in making diesel and other fuels. As I reported last year, SG Biofuels has been working to make petroleum feedstocks from oil in the oval-shaped seeds of the Jatropha curcas, a non-edible shrub native to Central America. The Encinitas, CA-based company says the greenhouse space will help accommodate the company’s expanding library of Jatropha genetic resources, which now includes more than 6,000 unique genotypes.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @

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