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Scientists try to use cabbage as lubricant

Published onsdag 18 april 2012 kl 10.55

Genetically modified cabbage may offer an environmentally friendly alternative to regular lubricating oil. Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science have now been given permission to grow the modified cabbage on a larger scale.

Crambe abyssinica is an oilseed plant that has been used in the food industry. It can also be used in the industry as a corrosion inhibitor or when manufacturing synthetic rubber.

The modification of the plant is done using genes from the desert plant jojoba, scientist Sten Stymne told Swedish Radio News.

Jojoba can withstand great heat and pressure and the hope is that the genetically modified cabbage will produce an oil possible to use as lubricants in cars and machinery.

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