Mutants of Arabidopsis Deficient in Fatty Acid Desaturation

  • C. R. Somerville
  • P. McCourt
  • L. Kunst
  • J. Browse


The isolation of a series of mutants with defects in lipid metabolism was originally motivated by the concept that, in order to study the functional significance of lipid unsaturation, it would be very useful to have a collection of otherwise isogenic mutant lines which differ only with respect to the activity of specific desaturases. We chose the small crucifer Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) as the experimental organism because it has a number of traits which render it particularly well-suited for physiological genetics (Estelle and Somerville 1986).


Chloroplast Membrane Lipid Unsaturation Trienoic Acid Phosphatidyl Glycerol Fatty Acyl Composition 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Somerville
    • 1
  • P. McCourt
    • 1
  • L. Kunst
    • 1
  • J. Browse
    • 2
  1. 1.MSU-DOE Plant Research LaboratoryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Plant Physiology DivisionDSIRPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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