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Burning Bush and Mustard Weed Promise Low-Cal Veggie Oil & Biofuel

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: May 31, 2010 • References: research.msu.edu and blog.taragana
The bright red landscape plant, Euonymus alatus (commonly known as a ‘burning bush’) isn’t really the same as the Biblical bush that burned, nor is it suitable for biofuel as it occurs in nature. However, when its DNA is inserted into mustard weed (Arabidopsis,) a cousin to commercial oilseed canola, the burning bush yields large amounts of a vegetable oil suitable for biofuel.

Michigan State University researchers found that the burning bush and mustard seed hybrid oil also has properties that could make it suitable as a reduced-calorie food oil substitute.