CAMELINA CULTIVATION FOR BIOFUELS PRODUCTION

Published in Scientific Bulletin. Series F. Biotechnologies, Vol. XVII
Written by Andra MORARU, Stefana JURCOANE, Delia DIMITRIU

Recently studies have been carried out regarding Camelina sativa benefits. This oilseed plant that belongs to Brassicaceae family presents a major interest due to the fact that it can be a renewable resource for sustainable biofuels production. The oil obtained by crushing the seeds is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and can be processed in order to obtain biokerosene for aviation. Camelina oil has the property to resist at minus 47-48°C, the requirement for aviation fuel, due to negative temperature in the area the aircraft fly. In our study, Camelina sativa was cultivated in several locations from Romania: in the North (Iasi and Satu-Mare county), in the West (Arad county) and in the South (Calarasi county). Two camelina varieties were tested: GP 202 and GP 204. The aim of this study is to assess the camelina yield potential and identify the optimum cultivation technology. The climatic conditions and the soils were monitored during the tested period. The production was influenced by the sowing date. The best results were obtained at Iasi (2.9 t/ha), Calarasi (1.2 t/ha) and Satu-Mare (1.2 t/ha).

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Moraru A., Jurcoane S., Dimitriu D. 2013, CAMELINA CULTIVATION FOR BIOFUELS PRODUCTION. Scientific Bulletin. Series F. Biotechnologies, Vol. XVII, ISSN 2285-1364, 24-28.


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