Plant storage lipids

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Plant storage lipids are major sources of human and livestock nutrition, and of a vast range of renewable industrial products from bioplastics to biofuels. Within plants, storage lipids such as triacylglycerols have several additional nonstorage functions in processes ranging from host-pathogen interactions to abiotic stress responses. Improved knowledge of storage lipid metabolism is being used to create new oil crop varieties and to domesticate new species to supply the ever increasing demand for plant AU:1 oils.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeLS - Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
ISBN (Electronic)978-0470015902
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2008


  • fatty acids
  • lipids
  • plant storage


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