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Montana State University researchers develop protein to increase oil yield in oilseed crops by up to 40%

Montana State University researchers have developed a protein that can be expressed in oilseed crops to increase the oil yield by as much as 40%. The technology has been demonstrated in corn and soybeans and is expected to work for a broad range of oilseed plants used for biodiesel.

Seed oil content increases are induced by puroindoline genes which promote increased seed size and weight. (Puroindolines are lipid-binding proteins that have been identified as responsible in determining differences between hard and soft textured wheats.) The puroindoline technology represents a novel method to increase the seed oil content compared with other approaches that increase or modify oil content by manipulation of the oil biosynthetic pathway.

Puroindolines are effective transgenes useful in increasing oil content in both cereal and oilseed crops. A secondary benefit is enhanced seed resistance to fungal diseases from the effect puroindolines have in controlling foliar and seed borne pathogens.

Interested parties can license the new technology by contacting the MSU Technology Transfer Office.

Comments

HarveyD

That's good news. Future crops will be tailored to satisfy our gas guzzlers, not out stomach or good health. Will grain and cereals with more oil make future junk food eaters more obese? will our children go from 300 lbs to 400 lbs?

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