Tobacco as biofuel

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Tobacco is an industrial crop traditionally used for manufacturing cigarettes but due to European subsidies restriction, an alternative use should be found. Tobacco could be used as an oilseed crop with an oil yield ranging from 30 to 40% of seed dry weight. Grisan et al. review the performance of tobacco cultivar Solaris in Italy. Seed production was evaluated to be 1.1 – 1.8 t/ha, with an oil yield up to 0.59 t/ha. In North Est Italy two seed harvests determined a total seed yield of 4.5 t/ha, from which 1.48 t of oil/ha could be obtained.

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