Servizio Comunitario di Informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo - CORDIS

Novel oilseed crops for producing vegetable oils with unusual fatty acids

The project investigates five species of novel plants capable of producing vegetable seed oils which have unusual specific fatty acids present in the feed oils: Dimorphoteca pluvialis and Lesquerella species which contain hydroxy fatty acids; Euphorbia lagascae which contains epoxy fatty acids; Calendula officinalis, which contains fatty acids with conjugated double bonds; and Lunaria annua which contains long chain fatty acids. The fatty acids produced by these plants are of interest as synthetic intermediates for the chemical industry. The work has been divided into three section: primary production, processing and industrial applications. The work involved the evaluation of these plants and selection of the most promising for industrial use; improvement of genetic stocks and cultivation practices; optimization of oil-recovery techniques and characterization of by-products for animal feed; evaluation and testing of the unusual oils for a range of industrial applications (oleochemistry, lubricants and coatings); initiation of an infrastructure for the commercialisation of selected novel oilseed crops.

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Centrum voor Plantenveredelings- en Reproduktieonderzoek
6700 AA Wageningen