Ashwani Kumar

A 50 ha bioenergy plantation demonstration project centre has been established in the campus of the University of Rajasthan to conduct the experiments on large scale cultivation of selected plants with the objective of developing optimal conditions for their growth and productivity, besides conserving the biodiversity. Considerable work has been carried out on these plants<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


2.2 Certain potential plants were selected and attempts were made to develop agrotechnology for their large scale cultivation [2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10]. The potential plants could be characterized under the following categories i) hydrocarbon yielding plants ii) high molecular weight hydrocarbon yielding plants, iii) non edible oil yielding plants, iv) short rotation fast growing energy plants, vi) hill plants growing on Aravallis.


  (I)  Hydrocarbon yielding plants included :

¨     Euphorbia lathyris Linn.

¨     Euphorbia tirucalli. Linn.

¨     Euphorbia caducifolia Haines.

¨     Euphorbia nerifolia Linn.

¨     Pedilanthus tithymalides Linn.

¨     Pedilanthus tithymalides Linn.

¨     Calotropis procera (Ait.). R. Br.

¨     Calotropis gigantea (Linn) R. Br.


(II)  High molecular weight hydrocarbon yielding plant

¨  Parthenium argentatum Linn

(III) Non edible oil  yielding plants

¨     Jatropha curcas

¨     Simmondsia chinenesis

(IV) Short rotation energy plants

¨     Tecomella undulata

¨     Prosopis juliflora

¨     Pithocellobium dulce

¨     Azadirachta indica

¨     Dalbergia sisso

¨     Acacia tortilis

¨     Holoptelia integrifolia

¨     Parkinsonia aculeata

¨     Cassia siamea

¨     Albizzia lebbek

¨     Acacia nilotica