ClosedAgriculture & Agri-food

Improving Brassica oil content

PROJECT LEAD(S)/CO-LEAD(S) Randall Weselake (University of Alberta) & Faouzi Bekkaoui (National Research Council Canada)
COMPETITION/ FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Genome Alberta/Government of Alberta
PROJECT START DATE January 1, 2007
PROJECT END DATE March 31, 2011

This project focuses on studying regulatory networks and molecular events in the developing embryo, endosperm, and seed coat affecting seed oil accumulation in canola and related crops. The outputs of the project will provide a better understanding of the overall metabolic events and their contributions to the process of oil accumulation. Since meal quality traits such as seed coat thickness and pigmentation are associated with oil quantity, this project has a tremendous opportunity to link oil accumulation research to seed coat quality. Understanding the mechanisms that govern seed oil accumulation will be critical in designing strategies for increasing seed oil content as well as to produce specialty oils containing value-added fatty acids for health and industrial applications.

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