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on January 21, 2011

Jerusalem artichokes emerging as a biofuels crop

Crop could displace some corn that is currently diverted to ethanol

Scientists in Canada are evaluating Jerusalem artichoke production as a feedstock for biofuels production. The versatile crop has many industrial applications and could displace some corn which is currently diverted to ethanol.

It is anticipated that a grower cooperative will be established in the Okanogan Valley in central British Colombia to cultivate Jerusalem artichokes, which will be used to produce organic inulin and other derivatives.

A native of the temperate zones of North America, Jerusalem artichokes were introduced into Europe where they have been consumed as a root vegetable for over four centuries.

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