ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION
Rapeseed (Brassica napus), also known as oilseed, is cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seeds . However, seeds are not the only part of this plant that has raised the interest of scientists and researchers. A group of researchers at the Institute of Food Research are currently looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into viable bio-fuel.
Only in the UK, a total of 12 million tonnes of straw are produced every year , this can give you an idea of the potential that this plant has. The process of producing bio-ethanol is simple, the different types of sugars found on the straw after being pre-treated and made accessible to enzymes are converted by these ones into bio-ethanol.
The biofuels widely available today are predominantly sugar- and starch-based bio-ethanol, and oilseed- and waste oil-based biodiesel . Image: See credits below under reference
Common name: rape, oilseed rape, rapa, rappi, rapaseed .