We offer landowners and growers a scalable, low-cost, turnkey platform: High-yielding, proprietary pongamia varieties. Intellectual property on tree cultivation and processing. Automated harvesting. Use of land in low rainfall areas with limited irrigation. Use of land in areas with degraded or compromised soils. Minimal use of expensive fertilizers and pesticides. Proprietary relationship with market leaders in biofuels, biochemicals, and animal feed.
The heart of any crop development program is germplasm selection. Together with our partners, we have evaluated pongamia varieties in their native environments for over a decade, carefully cataloguing various important agronomic traits such as growth, shape, disease and pest resistance, flowering, seed yield, and seed oil content. The best pongamia varieties were then subjected to clonal propagation, in order to deploy 'true to type' varieties in fields. Through a 2011 National Science Foundation Grant, we also began to develop molecular markers for pongamia breeding in collaboration with UC Davis and Texas A&M University.