Jatropower AG Jatropha research and development Oilseed



Jatropower AG Jatropha research and development Oilseed
JP hybrid JPH286 with synchronous
fruit ripening
September 2014
Quinvita asset takeover completed
• List of acquired assets:
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Site selection tool (google map based)
Complete agronomic knowledge
Complete breeding knowhow and techniques
Complete „Agrobase“ database of containing all breeding and
agronomic data so far
6 seed production orchards in India with selected QV genotypes
Selected elite QV genotypes and hybrids
Complete QV germplasm base including pistillate plants
Selected laboratory equipment (NMR for non-destructive dry matter
and oil analysis, gas chromatograph for fatty acid analysis, bulk seed
moisture meter, shelling machine for fruits)
A selection of QV accessions in commercial quantities for sale
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Slides showing QV‘s commercial
jatropha cultivars
Single row evaluation trials (SRET): limited number of locations and not
Product placement trial (PPT): multi-location and 3 - 4 replicates: testing for
maximum oil yield/ ha in target market
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Seed production for commercial sale
• 6 Seed production Orchards to produce 5 selected genotypes
refurbished and being operated
– these include the only commercially marketed jatropha seeds
• Total area of 22 acres; date of planting 7-2010 to 9-2013
• 8-10 tons of commercial seed expected in February 2015
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Cultivar 1010
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Cultivar 1064 – fruited
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Cultivar 1027 planted 2013
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Seed orchards for selected Jatropower
• 3 seed production farms to be established for accessions JP2
(non-toxic), JP47 and a third accession to be decided
• Land lease completed, 3.5 acres, 2 acres and 2.5 acres taken
on lease respectively
• Planting during the season starting November 2014
• First commercial seed production expected in September
• Premium price expected for non toxic seeds
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Short profile of cultivar JP2
• Edible jatropha variety
• Small sized plant with
open canopy
• Early, profuse flowering
• High number of fruits
per bunch
• High seasonality in
• Average seed weight:
• Average oil content in
seed: 40% w/w
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JP2 – nature of the plant
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Short profile of cultivar JP 47
• Plant with dense canopy,
robust growth
• Profuse flowering
• High number of fruit
• Drought and pest/disease
• Longer fruiting season
• Average seed weight: 0.7g
• Average oil content in
seed: 36% w/w
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JP47 – nature of the plant
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JP research farms
On areas fully owned by the company: 10 acres
plus 10 acres in India, 20 acres in Kenya
• Several agronomic experiments are being
conducted and results being evaluated
– Seedlings vs cuttings
– Irrigation and fertilisation effects
– Pruning trials
– Pest control
– Soil conditioning and micronutreints
– Effects of chemical stimulants
– Grafting trials
Database considerably strenthened on most aspects by
Quinvita data based on extensive trials
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Pollination experiments
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Selection, and accelerated marker
assisted varietal improvement
M P1 H P2 P1 H P2 P1 H P2 P1 H P2 P1 H P2
Hybridity confirmation with markers
P1 = parent 1; H = hybrid and P2 = parent 2
5 sets of different primers (Lane 1-3 – primer 1, 4-6 – primer 2, 7-9 – primer 3, 1012 – primer 4, 13-15 – primer 5
Markers for non-toxicity and pistillate nature identified
Pattern of inheritance of non-toxic character enumerated – will enhance
position of company in producing non-toxic plants with hybrid vigour
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JPs hybridisation programme
• Jatropower has produced and is evaluating F1 and F2 hybrids
produced by crossing 25 elite selections
• Markers developed help confirm hybrids early
• One of the hybrids have been selected for further evaluation and
development, others under observation
• Jatropower has evaluated Quinvita‘s hybridisation programme and
selected some for performance evaluation and possibly further
• Generally the hybrids show high potential because
– Evident hybrid vigour in growth
– Continuous flowering
– Seed yield increase potential of over 50% over elite parents based on
observations so far
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The best JP hybrid so far (JPH286)
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Big fruit bunches on all branches
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And very robust growth (30 month old
plant below)
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Performance seemingly repeatable
3 month old JPH286 cutting
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Use of pistillate varieties to produce
hybrid seeds being investigated
Pistillate J curcas with only
female flowers
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Normal J curcas with male and
female flowers
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In house laboratory facility
• Capabilities
Seed morphology
Seed oil content
Non-destructive dry matter determination
Free fatty acid determination
Non-destructive seed oil determination (NMR to be installed this year)
Fatty acid composition of plant oil (GC to be installed this year)
• Being developed
– In vivo toxicity determination procedure for jatropha seeds/oil
• External collaboration
– Marker analysis
– Fatty acid composition analysis
– Phorbol ester analysis
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Other Jatropha species available at the
farm for crossing trials
Jatropha gossypifolia
Jatropha mahafalensis
Jatropha glandulifera
Jatropha integerrima
Jatropha multifada
Jatropha podagrica
Jatropha pandurifolia
Jatropha tanjorensis
Jatropha platyphylla
J mahafalensis at JP
farm flowering first
time in sep 2014
J platyphylla that produces
edible seeds at JP farm
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Haldenstrasse 5
CH-6340 Baar, Switzerland
Dr. George Francis, CEO
Tel: +49 711 94542744
E-mail: info [at] jatropower.ch
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