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Annu Rev Nutr. 1999;19:197-216.

Genetic engineering of plant lipids.

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Mendel Biotechnology, Hayward, California 94545, USA. pbroun@mendelbio.com

Abstract

Vegetable oils are a major component of human diets, comprising as much as 25% of average caloric intake. Until recently, it was not possible to exert significant control over the chemical composition of vegetable oils derived from different plants. However, the advent of genetic engineering has provided novel opportunities to tailor the composition of plant-derived lipids so that they are optimized with respect to food functionality and human dietary needs. In order to exploit this new capability, it is essential for food scientists and nutritionists to define the lipid compositions that would be most desirable for various purposes.

PMID:
10448522
DOI:
10.1146/annurev.nutr.19.1.197
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