Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • E-ISSN: 2223-506X


The purpose of this paper was the development of an agro-climatic zoning model to determine potential growing areas for in Argentina.

.) is a promising and sustainable alternative energy crop that belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard) family. oil contains around 40% fatty acids, of which only a small percentage are saturated. derived biokerosene used in aviation has shown 84% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions during its life cycle, compared to petroleum kerosene. It has the potential of becoming the renewable fuel of choice for air navigation in the future.

Agro-climatology is a valuable tool in the identification of agro-climates with favorable conditions for the introduction of new crops. Agro-climatic zoning permits identifying areas with different potential yields, as per their environmental conditions. It was necessary to evaluate the requirements, limits and bio-meteorological tolerance and conditions for these species, taking into account the climatological characteristics of native areas and regions for their successful cultivation around the world.

In order to define this crop's agroclimatic aptitude in Argentina, climatic data was analyzed from meteorological stations, corresponding to the period 1981-2010.

Finally, 's potential growing areas were obtained with 5 differentiated suitability classes.

Based on international bibliography, the authors outlined an agro-climatic zoning model to determine potential growing areas in Argentina for . This model may be applied to any part of the world, using the agroclimatic limits presented in this paper. This is an innovative work, made by the implementation of a Geographic Information System that can be updated by the further incorporation of complementary information, with the consequent improvement of the original database.


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