Measuring Oil Content in Jatropha Curcas Seeds using Benchtop NMR MQC Analyser

The use of biofuels as a substitute for mineral petroleum-based fuels is now an important part of the world economy. This substitution process both minimises the use of irreplaceable mineral petroleum reserves and reduces the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Jatropha Curcas seeds are a high oil content seed and are of particular interest since the plants grow on almost any terrain and do not compete for agricultural land required for food crops. The maximisation of oil content is the driving force behind oil seed breeding programmes and the measurement of oil in Jatropha seeds is important in both trading and processing. In both of these cases, a simple and reliable means of measuring the oil content of the seeds is required.

Our benchtop NMR analyser MQC systems provide an extremely fast, simple-to-operate answer to the question “how much oil is present in my seeds?”

Two versions of MQC are available for this application:

  • MQC23 is for single seeds and small seed volumes up to 14ml

  • MQC5 is for large seed samples up to a volume of 80ml

For further information please download our application note: Measurement of Oil Content in Jatropha Curcas Seeds.