SG Biofuels, Inc. (SGB), an energy crop company, has opened an expanded corporate headquarters and genomics research center in San Diego, Calif.

Now totaling nearly 60,000 square feet in laboratory, greenhouse and office space, the facilities support the company's commercial advancements, including ramping up seed production and the deployment of additional “JMax Knowledge Centers” in Brazil and India, where the company is advancing hundreds of elite hybrids of the non-food energy crop jatropha.

"In support of our regional breeding and cultivar selection efforts, the expanded research center in San Diego allows us to enhance the use of novel genotyping and molecular breeding tools designed to shorten the breeding cycle and accelerate the time to marketplace of elite planting materials," said Eric Mathur, chief technologist for SGB.

"The opening of our new facility and expansion of our operations brings to reality our vision to establish a world-class global crop improvement platform supported by state-of-the-art plant biotechnology and genomics," said Kirk Haney, president and chief executive officer. "We're continuing to see strong market demand and are excited to have a headquarters and research center that can fully support our global operations and help customers secure large volumes of low cost plant oils, biomass and alternatives to petroleum."

SGB also announced the establishment of a seed production facility in Guatemala where the company is scaling its operational capacity to produce large volumes of elite hybrid jatropha seed. Seed production will support a planned 25,000-acre commercial pilot in Guatemala. Additionally, deployment of three additional JMax Knowledge Centers in Brazil and four in India, where the company will advance hundreds of its elite Jatropha hybrids, is occurring; these centers are in addition to existing locations in each country.