Fatty acid analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds transformed with class 2 non-symbiotic hemoglobins

University essay from Lunds universitet/Tillämpad biokemi

Abstract: Biodiesel is a renewable resource that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and climate change. The main thing holding biodiesel back is the vast quantities of plant oils needed for its production. Increasing the amount of oil produced could greatly increase the economical viability of biodiesel. One way of increasing the amount of oil produced is to increase the yield from the crops themselves. This research tries to investigate the possibility of using non-symbiotic hemoglobins to increase the oxygen transportation in the developing seeds, improving energy state and oil production. This research uses Arabidopsis thaliana as a model organism but the results gathered here should be adoptable to other oil-crops.

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