CSIRO investigates tobacco leaf oil for biodiesel

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Thanks to its role as a major ingredient in cigarettes, tobacco isn’t usually seen as a particularly endearing plant. But according to the CSIRO it can have uses far beyond that as a simple feedstock for¬†smokes.

New research from Australia’s national science research organisation suggests that with a bit of scientific magic, tobacco plants could be engineered to produce more oil, which could be used, among other things, in sustainable fuel production to make competitively priced biodiesel.

Keen to find out more? Check out this handy guide to the project.