Established in 2011, the UF carinata research and development program for advanced renewables is the premier carinata research program in the US. What started as small plot varietal evaluations has evolved into to a dedicated integrated carinata research program focused on crop improvement and agronomic factors affecting commercial success of this new oilseed biofuel feedstock in the Southeast US. Key research areas have included:
Our research has been supported through grant funding from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services ($1.1 million grant from 2013 to 2016). In addition, funding from Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., and Mustard 21 has contributed significantly to the introduction, testing and evaluation of carinata in Florida through multi-location yield performance testing.
Collaborative work among University of Florida (UF), Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., holder of the world’s largest carinata germplasm collection, and Applied Research Associates (ARA), FL, USA, a chemical engineering company with a patented catalytic hydrothermolysis (CH) technology for conversion of carinata oil into ‘drop-in’ bio-jet and bio-diesel fuels, has brought this crop to the forefront of advanced biofuel alternatives making it competitive with petroleum.
We manage Agrisoma’s winter nursery in Quincy, FL and assist in selection of new and improved varieties of carinata targeted for the southeast that have the following key traits:
Through this public-private partnership, our team aim to provide a resilient advanced bioenergy and bioproducts supply chain solution to establish the bio-economy movement in the SE US.