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Rational engineering of lipid primary pathways in flax to produce branched-chain fatty acids, unusual fatty acids with potent biolubricant properties

Objective

The substitution of the synthetic bases of fossil origin used in lubricant industry by eco-friendly compounds has become a central question. In such respect, the branched-chain fatty acids, Boca, could offer advantageous alternatives. Contrasting to other vegetable oils used as lubricant bases, Boca containing oils has both excellent oxidative resistance & thermal stability, thereby making them potent substitutes for high temperature applications such as motor lubricants. Coupled with improvements in plant transformation, the increasing needs for cost-effective bio production of unusual fatty acids has made oilseeds ideal production systems. REFLAX (Rational Engineering of FLAX) aims at the integration of metabolic physiological molecular biological genetically structural biological polemics & bio informatics studies to provide basis for rational engineering of oilseeds-rapeseeds & flax towards the production of CAS

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

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Ufr Sciences, 33 Rue Saint-Leu
80039 Amiens

France

Participants (8)

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BIOGEMMA UK LTD

United Kingdom

GENT UNIVERSITY

Belgium

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE

France

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY

Poland

JOHN INNES CENTRE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITÉ DE PICARDIE - JULES VERNE

France

UNIVERSITÉ DE PICARDIE - JULES VERNE

France

UNIVERSITÉ DE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIÈGNE

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK3-CT-2000-00349

  • Start date

    1 January 2001

  • End date

    31 December 2003

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 285 608

  • EU contribution

    € 1 991 188

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France