Biotech Updates

Increasing Production of Seed Oils

November 18, 2015

Researchers in Japan have succeeded in inducing the genes involved in production of seed oil to work for longer periods of time to allow them to accumulate more oil. Scientists from Japan's National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB) revealed that oils are actively synthesized only during the mid-phase of the seed formation process.

The research team considered that by extending the period when seeds synthesize oils, they should be able to increase the oil content in seeds. Using Arabidopsis, they extended the expression time of WRI1, a gene that activates oil synthesis. As a result, they were able to increase the oil content of the seeds to 140 percent.

For more details, read the news release from at the NIBB website.