Scientists genetically engineer plants to yield more vegetable oil

Scientists have successfully bioengineered an important protein in plants to increase the yield of oil from their fruits and seeds — a holy grail for the global agri-food industry. Their patent-pending method can increase oil content in seeds by 15 to 18 per cent, which is a significant improvement since major oil-producing crops such as soybean, sunflower, rapeseed, and peanut, already have a high percentage of oil in their seeds. This innovation can help the world in its quest for sustainability, helping to reduce the amount of arable land needed for oil-yielding crops while increasing the yield to meet the world’s growing demand for vegetable oil.Scientists have successfully bioengineered an important protein in plants to increase the yield of oil from their fruits and seeds — a holy grail for the global agri-food industry. Their patent-pending method can increase oil content in seeds by 15 to 18 per cent, which is a significant improvement since major oil-producing crops such as soybean, sunflower, rapeseed, and peanut, already have a high percentage of oil in their seeds. This innovation can help the world in its quest for sustainability, helping to reduce the amount of arable land needed for oil-yielding crops while increasing the yield to meet the world’s growing demand for vegetable oil.

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