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Increasing production of seed oils by inducing genes involved in oil synthesis to work for longer

Plant-derived oils are widely used all over the world both for food and for industrial purposes. In recent years they have also attracted attention as raw materials for potential bio-fuels and bio-plastics that are friendly to the environment. Because of these, the demand for vegetable oils is expanding year by year. Researchers in Japan have succeeded in inducing the genes involved in oil...
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Food-delivery process inside seeds revealed

New work from a team led by Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer has identified biochemical pathways necessary for stocking a seed’s food supplies. These findings could be targeted when engineering crops for higher yields. Inside every seed is the embryo of a plant, and in most cases also a storage of food needed to power initial growth of the young seedling. A seed consists mainly of carbohydrates...
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