Pongamia Pinnata Plant Used For Biodiesel Production – Biological Times

Pongamia Pinnata Plant Used For Biodiesel Production

Publication Date : 06/11/2023

Author(s) :

Tasawar Iqbal*, Sidra Altaf, Ameer Hamza.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 10
(11 - 2023)

Abstract :

Pongamia pinnata is a multi-purpose tree commonly used in agriculture industry and traditional medicine. The evergreen foliage and high oil content of its seeds (30-40%) make it perfect for producing biodiesel, thus contributing to the advancement of renewable energy. It is highly appreciated for its ability to enhance the fertility of soil function as a windbreak and offer shade in agroforestry due to its nitrogen-fixing properties. Traditional medicine utilizes various components to address illnesses and skin conditions by virtue of bioactive substances such as alkaloids, saponins and flavonoids. Pongamia pinnata plays a significant role in the absorption of carbon and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite potential for diverse applications, significant challenges remain in seed quality, optimal oil extraction techniques, and biodiesel production. Ongoing research highlights Pongamia pinnata's versatility and its ecological, economic, and medical benefits. This plant offers sustainable solutions for evolving global challenges.

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