Breeding programme for the development of a New Improved Camelina Variety
The main bottleneck of the biofuels industry is to ensure a competitive and reliable supply of sustainable feedstock with high GHG emission reductions, which represents over 80% of its cost structure. Additionally, there is an increasing worldwide awareness that feedstock employed for biofuel production should comply not only with environmental issues (such as GHG emission reduction), but also economic and social issues. End users and regulators are not willing to support any more biofuels produced from food feedstock or with those requiring Land Use Change (LUC) or with Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) impacts.
As camelina crop is a non-food feedstock that can be cultivated in marginal or fallow land in arid dryland regions, it is an extremely interesting feedstock for the biofuel industry. Indeed, it is cost competitive with current food feedstock employed for biofuel production (soy and rapeseed oil), it does not compete in price with the food sector, it achieves GHG emission reductions over 60% and, produced in arid dryland regions in fallow schemes implies no LUC and low ILUC impacts. The NICAVA project will develop a new exclusive CCE camelina variety (CCE1). The higher productivity and oil content allow to lower production costs as well as GHG feedstock emissions. The higher drought resistance allows to increase the reliability and availability of the crop, and thus, of the feedstock supply to the value chain.
Ongoing project (duration: 2014 – 2016)
Project Coordination and Management:
Yuri Herreras Yambanis (project manager)
Tel.: +34 91 733 90 53