Yield10 Researchers Publish Research in Plant Cell Reports Describing the Development of its Camelina Platform as a Model Crop for Novel Yield Trait Discovery
The research paper titled “Camelina sativa, an oilseed at the nexus between model system and commercial crop” was published in Plant Cell Reports, a monthly peer-reviewed journal featuring articles on new advances in all aspects of plant cell science, plant genetics and molecular biology. The authors document the use of Camelina in a variety of research programs focused on improving crop yield and suggest that if yields can improve significantly, Camelina itself may be of interest as a commercial crop in the future. Camelina has been explored for production of biofuels, animal and aquaculture feed, specialty nutritional oils and other uses.
The paper describes the approach Yield10 researchers have taken to develop the Company’s Camelina platform and highlights the advantages of utilizing the crop for novel trait development, including short life cycle, ease of genetic transformation and performance of the crop under field conditions.
The authors of the study also highlight the use of the Camelina platform to evaluate yield performance of very complex novel metabolic pathways to increase seed yield. The paper includes the case study of the development and testing of multi-gene complex carbon fixation pathways, derived from metabolic engineering studies expressed by seed specific promoters. In greenhouse studies in Camelina, the researchers observed large increases in seed yield in engineered plants where the best plants produced seed yields of approximately 2.2 times the control plants. Seed oil content was also significantly increased, such that the total oil produced per plant in the best plants reached 2.4 to 2.8 times the total oil produced in the control plants. The weight of individual seeds in the best plants was approximately 1.3 times the weight of individual seeds in the control plants. The researchers noted that such complex pathways cannot be stably engineered to create a commercial plant line, however the work is important to understand the potential for seed yield increases and to devise new solutions to yield based on smaller gene sets.
“This research describes the approach we’ve taken to develop Camelina sativa as a world-class platform for crop yield trait discovery,” said
“Our early interest in exploring the theoretical limits of crop yield led to the creation of complex microbial gene systems aimed at boosting carbon capture in plants deployed using our Camelina platform,” said
The authors of the Plant Cell Reports paper include,
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