Genetic Manipulation of Oilseed Quality

  • R. K. Downey


The nutritional and industrial value of a vegetable oil is largely determined by the presence and proportions of the individual fatty acids it contains. One of the main objectives of an oilseed plant breeder is to develop cultivars with fatty acid compositions which more closely meet market needs without adversely affecting seed or oil yield. Conventional oilseed breeding has been primarily concerned with the genetic expression of fatty acid composition. But the more that is known of fatty acid and lipid synthesis, the more effectively the breeder can assess the opportunities for oil quality improvement and design the appropriate breeding strategies.


Linolenic Acid Fatty Acid Composition Erucic Acid High Oleic Acid Erucic Acid Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Downey
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  1. 1.Agriculture Canada, Research StationSaskatoonCanada

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