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Cellular Secrets of Plant Fatty Acid Production

Research on plant protein chalcone-isomerase will contribute to biomedicine and renewable energy

Research on the plant protein chalcone-isomerase and its family of proteins that are key in fatty acid production will help bio-engineers contribute to the fields of agriculture, biomedicine and renewable energy. By bringing about changes in the genes for this protein family, researchers discovered an affect on seed oil content that may be beneficial for both plants and humans.

To learn more, see NSF press release 12-090, Cellular Secrets of Plant Fatty Acid Production Understood. (Date of Image: May 2012)

Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation
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