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Changing fatty acid composition during somatic embryogenesis in cultures of Daucus carota


The fatty acid composition of five embryo stages following the induction of embryogenesis in cultures of Daucus carota have been studied. Quantitative rather than qualitative changes in fatty acid content were observed, although globular embryos do possess some fatty acids of long (C 20 and above) chain length not observed in earlier or later stages in development. The major fatty acids present were C 16:0, 18:0, 18:1, 18:2 and 18:3.

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Warren, G.S., Fowler, M.W. Changing fatty acid composition during somatic embryogenesis in cultures of Daucus carota . Planta 144, 451–454 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00380121

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  • Cell cultures
  • Daucus
  • Embryogenesis
  • Fatty acid composition