Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

FOLIUM is a collaborative project between LBNL, UC Berkeley, JGI and The Kentucky Tobacco Research & Development Center (KTRDC) at Univ. of Kentucky and is funded by ARPA-E through the PETRO Program. Details and updates ofthe FOLIUM project can be found on the FOLIUM website (

The overarching goal of FOLIUM is to establish tobacco as a platform for foliar production of advanced transportation fuels, primarily huydrocarbon oils such as alkanes and terpenes.


The rationale for the FOLIUM concept is several-fold:

The four main objectives with FOLIUM are:

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