Jatropha: The Wonder Plant



Jatropha is a wild plant that has been growing in the tropics for centuries and used as a remedy for constipation, malaria and high fever. It also makes wonderful candles and soap. But as oil prices rise and the impact of global warming becomes clearer, jatropha is being cultivated and planted on a massive scale for use as a biofuel.

Chandy Nath visits India where it is hoped 63 million hectares of wasteland will be given over to its cultivation, and explores why this extraordinary plant may be the solution to the world's energy needs.