Camelina Biotechnology -

Intertribal somatic hybrids between Brassica napus and Camelina sativa with high linolenic acid content – J.J. Jiang, X.X. Zhao, W. Tian, T.B. Li, and Y. P. Wang – Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 2009

Summary: Protoplast electrofusion was used to create intertribal hybrids of Brassica napus and Camelina sativa. Seeds of hybrids had a modified fatty acid profile, indicating higher level of linolenic and eicosanoic acids than those of B. napus. Our results suggest that somatic hybridization offers opportunities for transferring entire genomes between B. napus and C. sativa in breeding for rapeseed improvement.

Link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11240-009-9579-x