Many green plants contain, on a dry weight basis, more than 5 percent oil plus hydrocarbon that is not concentrated in storage organs. In these plants, oils and hydrocarbons (botanochemicals) are distributed throughout major plant tissues often as the major component of a latex. Although there has been little past interest in processing whole plants for botanochemicals, there is now great interest in these new and renewable sources of raw materials and energy. Various plant species are being regarded as potential "gasoline trees", as possible domestic sources of natural rubber and plastic, as new sources of industrial feedstocks or even as potential fuels.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1981 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Buchanan, Russell A.
"Potential New Iowa Multi-Use Crops for Oils and Hydrocarbons,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 18
, Article 22.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol18/iss1/22