GM plants key for omega-3 security


Three new findings offer fresh hope that long chain omega-3s – vital for both aquaculture feeds and human health products – can be produced in substantial quantities by genetically modified (GM) terrestrial plants, thus taking the pressure off fish oil supplies.

Metabolic engineers researching the commercial cultivation of a transgenic variety of Camelina sativa, one of Europe’s oldest oil seed crops, have reproduced results showing that the transgenic plants can grow in the field; they have matched the seeds’ biosynthetic products more closely to those of their marine counterparts; and they have identified the potential for even greater oil storage in the seeds.

This work, published online today by Nature in Scientific Reports, comes from a........................

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