Biofuel from a bush.

Nature brings news of a potential fuel for tomorrow growing wild in Africa and India. It’s called jatropha, and it could possibly be ideal for cultivation – oil that grows on trees, in other words:

The use of Jatropha as a potential Biodiesel feedstock in Egypt is the focus of an ongoing US-Egypt joint investigation. “Biodiesel Fuel from Nonedible Vegetable Oils” is a collaborative project of the UNH Biodiesel group and the National Research Center (NRC), Cairo. Jatropha crop has low production costs, and high biomass yield (around 1550 kg oil per hectare).

More about ongoing research (and, erm, advocacy) at