Researchers at University of Louisiana at Lafayette have been studying alligator fat. Annually American alligator meat processors trim the fat and throw it away, over 15.4 million pounds per year goes to the dump. The researchers were given frozen fat from state officials and seafood industries to work with.
The fat was microwaved for five minutes, blended at full power and then decanted. The bio-diesel properties are there. It was 61% oil by weight, where soybean oil is at 85%. "This is one of the most attractive animal fats we've seen,"says researcher Mark Zappi. From The Calgary Herald .