Functions of triacylglycerols during plant development and stress

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Abstract

Plant oil in the form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) is a major storage compound used as food, feed and sustainable feedstock for biofuel production. Recent findings suggest that TAGs are more than a carbon and energy reserve in seeds and other storage tissues. In vegetative tissues, TAG metabolism is involved in cell division and expansion, stomatal opening, and membrane lipid remodeling. Moreover, in reproductive tissues, TAGs are important for both organ formation and successful pollination. Here we provide a brief overview of the physiological function and contribution of TAGs during plant development under optimal and varying environmental conditions. These roles of TAGs need to be considered during engineering attempts to further improve TAG content in different tissues.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages191-198
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

Profile

Plant Development
Triglycerides
Tissue
Pollination
Plant Oils
Biofuels
Membrane Lipids
Cell Division
Seeds
Carbon
Food
Metabolism
Feedstocks
Seed
Cells
Oils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Functions of triacylglycerols during plant development and stress. / Yang, Yang; Benning, Christoph.

In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol. 49, 01.02.2018, p. 191-198.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

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