Source: University of Nebraska

There may never be huge expanses of camelina growing in Nebraska, but it just might fill a niche in the western part of the state as an oilseed crop well-suited for bio-based oil applications.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists Ed Cahoon and Tom Clemente recently received a $500,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the crop's potential for development of industrial lubricants.

Camelina, a yellow-flowering oilseed crop that grows one to three feet tall, has some particular advantages over other oilseeds as an industrial oil crop, said Cahoon, a lipid biochemist and molecular biologist. For example, it's not widely used for food, so there's little risk of mixing food and non-food traits. It also requires little irrigation.

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