Oilseed crops produce seeds containing significant amounts of oil which is extracted from the harvested seed and can be used for several purposes. The purpose of most interest for the feedstocks research at Mississippi State University is biodiesel production.
Field studies have been conducted to assess how castor and okra could become an alternative biodiesel fuel in Mississippi. This research was concluded at the North and South Farms on Mississippi State's main campus. Also, past research concerning sunflower has been concluded and results are being analyzed.
Right- Closeup of an Okra plant at the South Farm Mississippi State University
Photo provided by Tyler Sandlin
“Breeding and Varietal Development of Castor (Ricinus communis)”
Dr. Brian Baldwin
“Managing Nitrogen Application of Castor Bean using Physiology and Leaf Reflectance”
Dr. K Raja Reddy