Oleaginous crops as integrated production platforms for food, feed, fuel and renewable industrial feedstock

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Beaudoin, F., Sayanova, O. V., Haslam, R. P., Bancroft, I. and Napier, J. A. 2014. Oleaginous crops as integrated production platforms for food, feed, fuel and renewable industrial feedstock. OCL - Oilseeds and fats, Crops and Lipids. 21 (6), p. D606. https://doi.org/10.1051/ocl/2014042

AuthorsBeaudoin, F., Sayanova, O. V., Haslam, R. P., Bancroft, I. and Napier, J. A.

The world faces considerable challenges including how to produce more biomass for food, feed, fuel and industrial feedstock without significantly impacting on our environment or increasing our consumption of limited resources such as water or petroleum-derived carbon. This has been described as sustainable intensification. Oleaginous crops have the potential to provide renewable resources for all these commodities, provided they can be engineered to meet end-use requirements, and that they can be produced on sufficient scale to meet current growing world population and industrial demand. Although traditional breeding methods have been used successfully to modify the fatty acid composition of oils, metabolic engineering provides a more rapid and direct method for manipulating plant lipid composition. Recent advances in our understanding of the biochemical mechanisms of seed oil biogenesis and the cloning of genes involved in fatty acid and oil metabolic pathways, have allowed the generation of oilseed crops that produce ‘designer oils’ tailored for specific applications and the conversion of high biomass crops into novel oleaginous crops. However, improvement of complex quantitative traits in oilseed crops remains more challenging as the underlying genetic determinants are still poorly understood. Technological advances in sequencing and computing have allowed the development of an association genetics method applicable to crops with complex genomes. Associative transcriptomics approaches and high throughput lipidomic profiling can be used to identify the genetic components controlling quantitative variation for lipid related traits in polyploid crops like oilseed rape and provide molecular tools for marker assisted breeding. In this review we are citing examples of traits with potential for bio-refining that can be harvested as co-products in seeds, but also in non-harvested biomass.

KeywordsCrops improvement; oleaginous crops; metabolic engineering; designer oil; molecular breeding; Genome Wide Association Studies; associative transcriptomics; co-products
Year of Publication2014
JournalOCL - Oilseeds and fats, Crops and Lipids
Journal citation21 (6), p. D606
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1051/ocl/2014042
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Funder project or codeDesigning Seeds for Nutrition and Health (DS)
*Design Oilseeds (Olga Sayanova)
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online14 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Accepted06 Oct 2014
Copyright licenseCC BY
PublisherEDP Sciences S. A.

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