Plant Oils as Fuels

Present State of Science and Future Developments Proceedings of the Symposium held in Potsdam, Germany February 16–18, 1997

  • Norbert Martini
  • Jozef S. Schell
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction The Biodiesel Market Today and its Future Potential

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Back Matter
      Pages 13-14
  3. Engines for Natural and Modified Plant Oil-Based

  4. Toxicological and Environmental Aspects Related to the Use of Plant Oils as Fuels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Jürgen Krahl, Jürgen Bünger, Axel Munack
      Pages 104-122
    3. Peter M. Eckl, P. Leikermoser, M. Wörgetter, H. Prankl, F. Wurst
      Pages 123-140
    4. Joseph McDonald, Matthew W. Spears
      Pages 141-160
    5. Wolfgang Rodinger
      Pages 161-180
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 181-193
  5. Contribution of Plant Breeding for Making Biodiesel Rapeseed a Realistic Proposition

  6. Roundtable Discussion

    1. Norbert Martini, Jozef S. Schell
      Pages 266-273
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 274-277

About these proceedings


This volume contains the papers presented at the Symposium having the same name held in Potsdam, Germany, February 16-18, 1997. The symposium was intended as a forum for economists, engineers, ecologists and toxicologists to present and exchange their ideas for improving the product Biodiesel and to discuss these views with expert plant bioscientists. The challenge for the latter was and will be to determine whether biotechnical methods can be applied safely to introduce new properties into the rape plant, an example for a number of other plants also suitable for production of renewable energy. The properties concerned are those which will improve the product Biodiesel fuel economically, technologically and especially toxicologically such that it will then possess those characteristics identified as the most desirable by the scientists. It was, therefore, not the goal of the symposium to evaluate Biodiesel as a form of energy under the present conditions, but rather to find an answer to the question of the chances Biodiesel will have in the market of the future.


Biodiesel Dieselkraftstoff biodiesel exhaust biofuel biofuels biotechnology fuel genetic engineering kerosene plant biotechnology rapeseed

Authors and affiliations

  • Norbert Martini
    • 1
  • Jozef S. Schell
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ZüchtungsforschungKölnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-64754-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72269-1
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