Using genetic engineering to increase canola seed oil content

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Journal titleINFORM - International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials
ISSN0897-8026
Volume22
Issue6
Pages376377; # of pages: 2
SubjectBrassica; Brassica napus; Brassica napus var. napus
AbstractResearchers adopted several genetic engineering strategies for increasing seed oil content in Brassica oilseed species (BOS) and other oilseeds. Specific targets for modification included key steps in fatty acid and triacylglycerol (TAG) synthesis, other aspects of carbon metabolism, and transcription factors, which potentially induced several steps in carbon flow leading to seed oil production. The first TAG assembly enzyme examined as a target for manipulation of oil content was lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase (LPAAT). Expression of a mutated yeast sn-2 acyltransferase gene during seed development in high-erucic acid rapeseed B. napus resulted in relative increases in seed oil content ranging from 8 to 48%. Other steps in carbon flow were also examined as potential targets for increasing seed oil content in BOS.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)
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