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Euphorbia lathyris: A potential source of petroleum-like products

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Roy M. Sachs , Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis
Clifford B. Low, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis
James D. MacDonald, Department of Plant Pathology, U. C., Davis
Abdel R. Awad, Department of Environmental Horticulture, U. C., Davis
Michael J. Sully, Department of Environmental Horticulture, U. C., Davis.

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California Agriculture 35(7):29-32.

Published July 01, 1981

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Hydrocarbons from E. lathyris would have to sell for $150 to $200 a barrel to be a practical source of fuel.Euphorbia lathyris produces a hydrocarbon-rich latex, but extensive field trials show the plant is not an economical fuel source.

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We acknowledge financial support of the Electrical Power Research Institute (RP 1348-2), the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and special funds from the University of California, Davis. For seed production we thank Tom Mock, U.C. South Coast Field Station, Santa Ana, and Tom Kretchun, U.C. Deciduous Fruit Field Station, San Jose. Robert Hagan, Paul Martin, and Mike Mata helped design and install the irrigation trials and measure evapotranspiration and soil moisture depletion. James Quick, U.C. Soil, Water, and Plant Analysis Laboratory, Davis, determined residual soil nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

Euphorbia lathyris: A potential source of petroleum-like products

Roy M. Sachs, Clifford B. Low, James D. MacDonald, Abdel R. Awad, Michael J. Sully
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Euphorbia lathyris: A potential source of petroleum-like products

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Authors

Roy M. Sachs , Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis
Clifford B. Low, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis
James D. MacDonald, Department of Plant Pathology, U. C., Davis
Abdel R. Awad, Department of Environmental Horticulture, U. C., Davis
Michael J. Sully, Department of Environmental Horticulture, U. C., Davis.

Publication Information

California Agriculture 35(7):29-32.

Published July 01, 1981

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Hydrocarbons from E. lathyris would have to sell for $150 to $200 a barrel to be a practical source of fuel.Euphorbia lathyris produces a hydrocarbon-rich latex, but extensive field trials show the plant is not an economical fuel source.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

We acknowledge financial support of the Electrical Power Research Institute (RP 1348-2), the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and special funds from the University of California, Davis. For seed production we thank Tom Mock, U.C. South Coast Field Station, Santa Ana, and Tom Kretchun, U.C. Deciduous Fruit Field Station, San Jose. Robert Hagan, Paul Martin, and Mike Mata helped design and install the irrigation trials and measure evapotranspiration and soil moisture depletion. James Quick, U.C. Soil, Water, and Plant Analysis Laboratory, Davis, determined residual soil nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.


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