Characterization of Oilseed Lipids from “DHA-Producing Camelina sativa”: A New Transformed Land Plant Containing Long-Chain Omega-3 Oils – M. P. Mansour, P. Shrestha, S. Belide, J. R. Petrie, P. D. Nichols and S. P. Singh – Nutrients – 2014

Summary: New and sustainable sources of long-chain omega-3 oils containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, 22:6ω3) are required to meet increasing demands. The lipid content of the oilseed of a novel transgenic, DHA-producing land plant, Camelina sativa, containing microalgal genes able to produce LC omega-3 oils, contained 36% lipid by weight with triacylglycerols (TAG). The DHA content was 6.8% of total fatty acids in the triacylglycerol extract and 4.2% in the polar lipid-rich chloroform-methanol extract. This project also produced iso-branched odd-chain fatty alcohols that have not been previously reported. These components may be derived from wax esters, or free fatty alcohols. Link: