SG Biofuels Building Greenhouse Here
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.