Silencing the Key Genes Involved in Oleic Acid Biosynthetic Pathway of Oil Crops and Clean-Up of Contaminant

Delpasand Khabbazı S.

Journal of Biosafety, vol.3, no.4, pp.81-94, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: Journal of Biosafety
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-94
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Due to the increased air pollution caused by fossil fuel consumption clean fuel production

technologies have been focused by genetic engineering and biotechnology researchers. These are

renewable fuels that are compatible with environment. Biodiesel as a plant based fuel can solve

the problems arising by fossil fuel consumption. By manipulating the oil crops, fatty acid content

can be modified. Oleic acid is one of these fatty acids which is formed of 18 carbons and only

one double bond in its carbon chain, so gives some characteristics to the extracted oils that are

fortified with this fatty acid. Thus the manipulation of the aforementioned crops is considered as

a step in biodiesel production. Crops manipulations due to changing the society’s requirements

can be promising but may be able associated with some biosafety concerns. In this paper

biosafety issues related to the production of biofuel including the claimed effect on biodiversity

of crop plants are reviewed.