Decarbonization Avenue University research @ CLIMAX

Stinkweed could make a cleaner bio-jet fuel

A new study shows that field pennycress, also known as stinkweed, offers lower environmental impacts when farmed as a jet fuel oil than other potential biofuels.

Growing the weed, pennycress – often called stinkweed – as a crop requires less fertilizer and fewer pesticides than other plants that can be used to make renewable jet fuel.

Pennycress also requires fewer farm operations, such as soil tilling, than other potential biofuel crops, reducing the associated environmental costs.


  • Chemicals

Sustainability domain

  • Renewable Energy

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  • Core sciences & engineering

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Relevant for

  • Chemical engineer
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Production or process engineer
  • Farmer
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Soil scientist
  • Biotech professional

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  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry & chemical engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • Crop sciences