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Engineering New Crops for Safe Castor Oil Production

  • Grace Q. Chen
  • Yeh-Jin Ahn
  • Louisa Vang
Conference paper

Castor plant (Ricinus communis L.) produces a unique seed oil with numerous industrial applications. However, castor seed contains toxin ricin and hyper-allergenic 2S albumins detrimental to castor grower and processor. Our project goal is to develop a safe source of castor oil through genetic engineering. The general approach is to generate a safe castor crop by blocking expression of the ricin and 2S albumins in seed. An alternative approach would be transgenic production of ricinoleate from temperate oilseed plants.

Keywords

Castor Seed Castor Plant Cellular Endosperm Ricinus Communis Agglutinin Numerous Industrial Application 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace Q. Chen
    • 1
  • Yeh-Jin Ahn
    • 1
  • Louisa Vang
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Department of AgricultureWestern Regional Research CenterAlbanyUSA

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