A prominent trade expert and Latin American entrepreneur, Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, has weighed in on a new scientific development that he feels might be useful for the region’s bio fuel and agricultural needs.
The feedstock, Azolla, is an aquatic fern known for its ability to act as a biofertilizer thanks to its ability to fix nitrogen, and has been in use as such for centuries, especially in parts of Asia. Recently, however, research into the fern has discovered that it can be used as biofuel.
Taking notice, Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan has urged for its embrace and widespread use in Latin America, saying that this plant will not only help in reaching breakthroughs in the field of sustainable biofuels, it will also help the region maintain its competitive status in the emerging biofuels market.Some researchers have even gone so far as to call the plan a ‘green gold mine’, and has also been noted to have potential for use as green manure in rice fields, a feed supplement for aquatic and terrestrial animals, and a fairly long list of other reasons, including food for people, medicine, a water purification agent, as well as a good deterrent against weeds and mosquitoes.
According Dellan, the Azolla plant would be especially effective in Latin America, given that the plant can allow for the production of bio-ethanol via wastewater. This shift will then free up the arable land that would’ve been used for biofuel production for use as farm lands, allowing tor the further development of the region’s agriculture as well as the production of bioethanol, without sacrificing one for the other.
Additionally, he argues, the use of Azolla as the primary foodstuff for the production of bioethanol can also lead to Latin America experiencing an increase in the production of sustainable resources across the board thanks to the increased efficiency when it comes to the use of land.
The entrepreneur and local trade expert points out that embracing Azolla as a key crop would be of huge benefit to the region, because not only would it give a much-needed edge in the biofuel market, but it would be a huge step forward in the region’s efforts to improve its sustainability as a whole.