Camelina Biotechnology -

Engineering industrial fatty acids in oilseeds – A. R. Snapp, C. Lu – Frontiers in Biology – 2012

Summary: In this review we discuss how the improved TAG (triacylglycerol) synthesis model (including acyl editing and new enzymes such as PDCT) may be utilized to achieve the goal of effectively modifying plant oils for industrial uses. Based on the results of the last 20 years, creating a high mFA (modified fatty acids) accumulating plant will not be done by simply inserting one or two genes; it is necessary to stack genes encoding enzymes with favorable kinetic activity or specificity along with additional complementary transgenes in optimized plant backgrounds to produce industrial fatty acids at desirable levels. We also discuss the potential of Camelina as an industrial oilseed platform. Link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11515-012-1228-9#page-1