I received two different responses from BEST members asking about
the biodiesel potential from Chinese tallow, a very common
invasive tree in the southeast U.S. (including around
Gainesville). Doing a quick search, I found this conference
abstract (along with a bunch of blogs about the subject). There
may be some interesting questions to explore regarding the risks
and benefits of utilizing a well-known and well-established
invasive species if the potential biodiesel yields from tallow in
the SE are indeed as high as suggested.
Jason M. Evans, Ph.D.
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Center for Wetlands, College of Environmental Engineering
University of Florida
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