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Informed metabolic engineering of oil crops using control analysis

Ramli, Umi S., Tang, Mingguo, Quant, Patti A., Guschina, Irina, Fawcett, Tony and Harwood, John L. ORCID: 2014. Informed metabolic engineering of oil crops using control analysis. Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology 3 (1) , pp. 49-52. 10.1016/j.bcab.2013.12.001

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Oil crops are a very important agricultural commodity. Demand for such oils is rising steadily (at more than 5% per year over the last half century). Although the majority of plant oils are used for food or animal feed, there is increasing interest in their use as renewable chemicals for industry. Because of the demonstrated demand for oils and finite agricultural land, attention is focussing on improving productivity. Genetic manipulation of crop plants needs a knowledge of the biosynthetic pathways concerned and how they are regulated. Although there are different ways to acquire much information, metabolic flux and metabolic control analyses are ways to provide quantitative assessments. In this review we describe our experiments using metabolic control analysis on important crops – oil palm, oilseed rape, olive and soybean. Such research provides information for future informed genetic manipulations and we give a successful example of this in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oil crops; Triacylglycerol accumulation; Regulation of oil synthesis; Metabolic control analysis
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1878-8181
Date of Acceptance: 1 December 2013
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:41

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