The seeds of the seashore mallow, a flowering herb, may be an alternative to petroleum; acting as a biodiesel source. Why is this newsworthy? This plant is a perennial (that means it comes back every year by itself) and can grow in salty environments. In addition,
"Biodiesel is biodegradable and non-toxic, and typically produces about 60% less net carbon dioxide emissions than petroleum-based diesel."
Implications - The process of making petroleum usable by consumers has potential to be harmful to the environment, with today's eco-conscious consumer seeking ways to alleviate that possibility while still maintaining all of petroleum's uses. Thus, scientist are on a constant hunt for alternatives such as the use of the seashore mallow.