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Last on

Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:00 BBC Radio 4

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 26 August 2008

Chandy Nath explores the properties of Jatropha, a wild plant that has been growing in the tropics for centuries.

As well as having medical applications, it is used in the manufacture of candles and soap. But as oil prices rise and the impact of global warming becomes clearer, Jatropha is being cultivated and planted on a massive scale for use as a biofuel. Could this extraordinary plant be the solution to the world's energy needs?


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