Hydrocarbon plant

Hydrocarbon plant

Hydrocarbon plants or petroleum plants are plants which produce terpenoids as secondary metabolites in sufficient quantities to make it economically feasible to convert their dry mass to gasoline-like fuels. Nobel laureate Melvin Calvin has studied the terpene biosynthetic pathways of a number of species of plants to study and quantify this property in various species. Species include latex producing members of the Euphorbiaceae family that cannot be tapped for their liquid latex such as Euphorbia lathyris and E. tirucalli.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ Kalita, D (2008). "Hydrocarbon plant—New source of energy for future". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 12 (2): 455–471. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2006.07.008. ISSN 13640321. 
  2. ^ K. G. Ramawat (2010). Desert Plants: Biology and Biotechnology. Springer. pp. 37–. ISBN 9783642025495. http://books.google.com/books?id=UNaNWN4zkqQC&pg=PA37. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

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