Rubber tree as source of oil


Oil can be produced from the seeds of the rubber tree, a low-grade waste product found on plantations. Smallholders in Indonesia can use the oil in generators, but it could also be converted into biodiesel or bioplastic. These conclusions were drawn by Yusuf Abduh from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen, on the basis of laboratory experiments and field tests. He will defend his PhD thesis at the University of Groningen on 27 February.

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