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Test growing of biofuel plant begins at Narita airport.

NARITA, Japan, May 21 Kyodo

The operator of Narita airport started to test grow a biofuel feedstock plant on its property Friday, hoping to use the envisioned fuel as an alternative energy source to the diesel fuel its currently uses at its facilities.

Officials of Narita International Airport Corp. planted 10 pots of jatropha plants near Runway B at the airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, saying they also hope to use the biofuel as a jet fuel in the future.

The number of such plants cultivated in a 500-square-meter lot at the airport will total about 60 by July, they said.

Jatropha is a pest-resistant perennial plant native to Latin America and yields seeds that can be used to produce biofuel.
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