Baar, Switzerland, September 18, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Jatropower AG, Baar, Switzerland, a leading developer of elite Jatropha curcas seeds and associated agronomic technologies has acquired most of the assets of Quinvita BV (in receivership).
These assets were generated at Quinvita through activities spanning over 7 years encompassing their comprehensive, internationally laid out breeding programme and agronomic evaluations and experiments in several Asian, African and Latin American countries and scientific collaboration with several reputed research institutes.
The acquisition of these assets fits excellently into Jatropower’s own Jatropha development programme. The Quinvita germplasm will strengthen the company’s genotype base into the largest among Jatropha breeding companies.
Quinvita’s ready to sell products from the seed production orchards in India will considerably diversify the product portfolio of Jatropower. The development of hybrid seeds, which are expected to raise oil yields per ha in Jatropha agriculture to the next level, would equally benefit.
The agronomical knowledge base of Quinvita generated from experiments in different countries complements Jatropower’s own technical competence on the subject.
All in all, the new assets will make Jatropower even more equipped not only in terms of increased portfolio diversity, but also in reducing lead time towards marketable hybrids,to the benefit of customers in the Jatropha sector.
About Jatropower: Jatropower is a leading developer of Jatropha curcas, an oil seed plant allowing production of sustainable fuels in an economically viable way under sub-optimal soil and climatic conditions.JP owns a unique selection of proven elite accessions of Jatropha curcas, selected from a global germplasm collection representing all major global Jatropha hot-spots (Central America including Mexico, SE Asia and India, Africa and Madagascar).
Jatropower had a special focus on non-toxic, edible Jatropha from the beginning. Due to the fact that the kernel meal (after oil extraction) of non-toxic Jatropha can be used as an animal feed ingredient, revenue from non-toxic Jatropha plantations has potential to be higher by around 25% compared to plantations of toxic Jatropha.
Jatropower’s toxic and non-toxic elite Jatropha plants have shown 3 times higher dry seed yield compared to the average of wild plants on degraded soils. Jatropower uses state of the art techniques including marker assisted selection and hybridization to accelerate development of elite Jatropha seeds. Its main research farms are situated in India. It also operates two experimental variety testing stations in Kenya and Paraguay.