Scientists discover plants' roadblock to specialty oil production

Scientists discover plants' roadblock to specialty oil production

Scientists discover plants' roadblock to specialty oil production

Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making lubricants, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more—if they could be produced at large scale by crop plants. But attempts to put genes for making these specialty building blocks into crops have had the opposite effect: Seeds from plants with genes added to make specialty fatty acids accumulated dramatically less oil. No one knew why.
Scientists discover plants' roadblock to specialty oil production