Keywords: Jatropha curcas L, statistical evaluation, energy plantations, biodiesel, biofuels, global warming, agricultural factors, Mexico, plant productivity
Statistical evaluation of the early-stage development of Jatropha energy plantations in Northeastern Mexico
A systematic evaluation of agricultural factors affecting the adaptation of the tropical oil plant Jatropha curcas L. to the semi-arid subtropical climate in Northeastern Mexico has been conducted. The factors studied include plant density and topology, as well as fungi and virus abundances. A multiple regression analysis shows that total fruit production can be well predicted by the area per plant and the total presence of fungi. Four common herbicides and a mechanical weed control measure were established at a dedicated test array and their impact on plant productivity was assessed.