Yield10 Bioscience Researcher Dr. Meghna Malik to Present at the 26th CAOCS Canadian Lipid and Bioresource Conference 2018
Dr. Malik will describe the various approaches Yield10 and its wholly owned subsidiary, Metabolix Oilseeds, are taking to increase seed yield and oil content in oil seed crops. During her presentation, Dr. Malik will discuss the creation of a complex multi-gene pathway based on a synthetic carbon fixation pathway. When introduced into Camelina, the synthetic pathway produced a doubling of seed yield in greenhouse studies. While too complex to commercialize, this work provided Yield10 researchers with insights into the use of metabolic engineering to identify new yield traits in plants.
Dr. Malik will also provide an overview of Yield10’s work with C3003, a novel yield trait gene based on CCP1, a gene found in algae. The presentation will include results with C3003 based on a series of greenhouse and field tests in Camelina, canola and soybean. Dr. Malik will also describe recent preliminary results with C3004, a novel yield trait expressed in Camelina, where Yield10 has observed robust increases in seed yield and branching in growth chamber tests in Camelina. In a recent press release, Yield10 reported that Camelina plant lines containing C3004 grew vigorously, and the best lines produced increases in seed yield in a range of 26% to 65% as compared to control plants. In the presentation, Dr. Malik will also describe five novel traits based on CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing being studied by Yield10 to drive increases in oil biosynthesis in Camelina, canola and specialty oil crops.
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