Could a diesel-producing tree be the key to fuel independence?
By Matt Ransford
Posted 04.04.2008 at 11:37 am 3 Comments
Money doesnt grow on trees, so it should stand to reason that diesel fuel wouldnt grow on trees either. And yet the Brazilian Copaifera langsdorfii tree has been quietly producing a natural diesel variant in the tropical rainforest, something weve known about since the seventeenth century. Its only now that farmers in Australia have decided to farm the tree on a large scale in the hopes of having 20,000 living, above-ground fuel wells.
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