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Indian mustard source for Aussie biodiesel

Farmers in Western Australia will start this year with the production of the oilseed crop Indian mustard, a new biofuel crop.

The crop will be processed at a Pingelly biodiesel plant that is expected to be operating by March. The plant, a joint venture between a Pingelly farming family and BioWorks Australia, is expected to produce up to three million litres of biodiesel a year at full capacity using canola, mustard, tallow and imported palm oil.

Besides the introduction of the mustard plant, BioWorks is also supporting research by the University of WA and the Department of Agriculture and Food into improved plant breeds, including the development of herbicide-tolerant varieties.

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