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When biorefinery principles are applied to Solaris a wide range of products for different markets are obtained. The seed can be pressed for oil, used as feed additive or for conversion to biofuel. After pressing a seedcake rich in protein is left, perfect as feed for monastic animals. From the biomass green protein for human consumption can be extracted.
Solaris is recognized by the Round Table on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for its low environmental footprint and socially responsible production chain. By using Solaris for local feed production, deforestation and transport in the conventional feed chain can be avoided.
Well known species
Solaris is a variety/cultivar of the well-known ‘normal’ tobacco species Nicotiana tabacum. Existing tobacco farmers can easily switch from producing smoking tobacco to growing Solaris, utilizing existing knowledge and infrastructure.
Improved seed production
Conventional tobacco produces large leaves but little seed. Solaris has a largely improved seed production, yielding about 5000 seeds/plant. Combined with an oil content of about 38%, sunflower and rapeseed are easily outcompeted by Solaris oil productivity.
The strong and fast growing tobacco plant Solaris produces a large amount of biomass. When the inflorescence is harvested for the seed, the plant can remain in the field and regrow the top part, producing up to 3 harvests of seed.
Novel protein source
The Solaris biomass and seed is rich in protein. The high yields and diverse growing climates make Solaris a perfect candidate for providing a novel source of plant protein.
Nicotine and GMO-free
Solaris was created using traditional breeding techniques, thus is a non-GMO variety/cultivar. The nicotine levels are x times lower than conventional tobacco/ undetectably low.
Introducing Solaris to local communities will boost economic activity and provide for a local source of income and feed for animal husbandry. Apart from job creation, also investments can be drawn to the area due to increased agricultural activity.