Camelina is an annual plant with prolific small, pale-yellow flowers with four petals, attains heights of 1 to 3 feet and has branched stems that become woody at maturity. Leaves are arrow-shaped, sharp-pointed and about 3 inches long with smooth edges. Seed pods are the size and shape of a small pea. The seeds are very small, amounting to about 400,000 seeds per pound, and they are 40 percent oil, compared to 20 percent with soybeans.

Research Advantage

Sustainable Oils has the largest camelina research program in North America. The company’s camelina breeding program began in 2005 and has steadily expanded to include more than 30 trials across the continental United States and Canada in 2009. Through our own research and our investments in university research, we are trying to unlock the huge potential for yield improvement in camelina. Our research program has three primary components: camelina breeding and selection, camelina field testing and research and development.

Sustainable Oils’ research team moved into its new, expanded research headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, in early 2010. However, the company’s research effort taps into a network that spans the Western Hemisphere in order to develop better camelina varieties for growers and end-users.

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Breeding & Selection
Field Testing
Research & Development
Co-Product Utilization

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