Designer plants have vital fish oils in their seeds
Published 02 January 2014
MOVE over, cod liver oil. A biofuel crop related to cabbages, called camelina, has been genetically modified to produce components of fish oils beneficial for cardiovascular health. The approach could relieve some of the pressure on the oceans.
The flesh of oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, plus the livers of white fish such as cod, are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The most important ones are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – known to reduce the risk of heart disease – and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – a lack of which has been linked to visual and cognitive problems.