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Camelina sativa
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Camelina sativaCamelina sativa L. Crantz Camelina sativa, usually known in English as camelina, gold-of-pleasure, or false flax, also occasionally wild flax, linseed dodder, German sesame, and Siberian oilseed, is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae which includes mustard, cabbage, rapeseed, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts. It is native to Northern Europe and to Central Asian areas, but has been introduced to North America, possibly as a weed in flax.

Use as Biofuel:
Camelina oil can be used for production of biodiesel. However, the omega-3 fatty acid (-linolenic acid) and gamma-tocopherol content of the oil may preclude its use as biofuel feedstock because of its high value in food and feed. Camelina seed contains 30%40% oil. The linolenic acid or omega-3 fatty acid (C18:3) makes up about 35%39% of the total oil content, with the remaining fatty acids being oleic (15%20%), linoleic (20%25%), gondoic (5%10%) and erucic (4%5%). The cold pressed meal still contains 10%14% oil by weight, with a protein content of about 40%, allowing it to compete with soybean meal as an animal feed. The glucosinolate levels in the meal are lower than in other brassicaceous species, making it more desirable as an animal feed. http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu07/pdfs/pilgeram129-131.pdf


  • Look, It's the Green Hornet! Navy to Test Biofuels in F-18 Fighter Jet
    Aug 18, 2009 - Matthew McDermott - Alternative Energy

    By this time next year, the US Navy will have commenced biofuel tests on one of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. A request for proposal for some 40,000 gallons of JP-5 aviation biofuel was just issued. No word on what feedstocks will be used in that fuel yet, other than the stipulation that no food crops are used:

  • Jet biofuel ready for takeoff
    May 29, 2009 - Katie Howell - Scientific American

    Jet fuels derived from algae, camelina and jatropha -- plants that pack an energy punch, are not eaten as food and do not displace food crops -- could be approved and replacing petroleum fuels in commercial flights as early as next year, a Boeing executive said yesterday.


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