D1 Oils has signed an agreement with Keygene of the Netherlands, one of the global leaders in the science of genetic fingerprinting, to pursue molecular genetics research in Jatropha curcas. The two year agreement provides D1 with exclusive rights on applied contract research and molecular services carried out by KeyGene on Jatropha.
KeyGene’s genetic fingerprinting technology enables the identification of different Jatropha cultivars through genetic markers similar to commercial bar codes. The technology has the potential to increase significantly the efficiency of D1’s breeding programme to develop high-yielding Jatropha cultivars. D1 will act as the exclusive supplier of selected, high-yielding Jatropha seeds and seedlings to D1-BP Fuel Crops, the company’s new planting joint venture with BP.