Amidst ongoing research efforts to increase the oil content of algae, a team at the Michigan State Univeristy is inserting the algae oil gene to engineer a plant that stores lipids or vegetable oil in its leaves. Using the gene, the team has successfully engineered Arabidopsis thaliana, a plant with oily leaves. The algae oil gene successfully boosted oil levels in the plant’s leaf tissue. This approach finds great interest in the biofuel industry to boost plants oil production for biofuel production.
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