13 Aug '17, 10am

Michigan State team identifies new enzyme to boost seed oil production for #biofuels

Michigan State team identifies new enzyme to boost seed oil production for #biofuels

Michigan State team identifies new enzyme to boost seed oil production for biofuels 13 August 2017 Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels. In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell , the researchers show that the chloroplast, where plant photosynthesis occurs, also participates in new ways to provide seed oil precursors. Seed oil is made out of lipids—small molecules found in fats, oils, waxes and membranes that make up the boundaries of all living cell components. They also store a lot of energy. The scientists identified a new enzyme, named PLIP1, or Plastid Lipade 1, that interacts with lipids inside the chloroplast. The enzyme breaks down lipids that make up the chloroplast’s internal membranes, the thylakoids, to be precise. The use and recycling of lipids keeps chloroplast membranes adjusted t...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/08/20170813-msu.html

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