Biodiesel is produced from a wide variety of oilseed crops. In Europe canola is the major biodiesel crop while in the U.S. soybeans dominates. Montana State University and USDA researchers have developed a protein that can be expressed in a variety of oilseed crops to increase the oil yield by as much as 40%. The technology has been demonstrated in camelina corn and soybeans and is expected to work for a broad range of oilseed plants including biodiesel and cereal crops.
1) Increase oil yield for existing oilseed crops. 2) Expected to work on a broad range of oilseed crops. 3) Provides enhanced seed resistance to fungal diseases.