Biodiesel from oil produced in vegetative tissues of biomass – A review

Ramkrishna Singh, Amit Arora, Vijay Singh

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Biodiesel is a green, renewable alternative to petroleum-derived diesel. However, using vegetable oil for biodiesel production significantly challenges the food security. Progress in metabolic engineering, understanding of lipid biosynthesis and storage have enabled engineering of vegetative tissues of plants such as sugarcane, sorghum, and tobacco for lipid production. Such sources could be cultivated on land resources, which are currently not suitable for row crops. Besides achieving significant lipid accumulation, it is imperative to maintain the fatty acid and lipid profile ideal for biodiesel production and engine performance. In this study, genetic modifications used to induce lipid accumulation in transgenic crops and the proposed strategies for efficient recovery of oil from these crops have been presented. This paper highlights that lipids sourced from vegetative biomass in their native form would pose significant challenges in biodiesel production. Therefore, different strategies have been presented for improving feedstock quality to achieve high-quality biodiesel production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124772
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Biodiesel
  • Biodiesel production
  • Oil extraction
  • Transgenic crops
  • Vegetative biomass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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