Printer Friendly

CALGENE ANNOUNCES CLONING OF FATTY ALCOHOL GENE

 CALGENE ANNOUNCES CLONING OF FATTY ALCOHOL GENE
 DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Calgene scientist Dr. Mike


Lassner, at a meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Copper Mountain, Colo., announced that Calgene (NASDAQ: CGNE) has cloned the reductase gene which is responsible for the synthesis of fatty alcohols in plants. Cloning the reductase gene followed the purification of the reductase enzyme from the jojoba plant, a wild desert shrub found in the American Southwest which produces fatty alcohols as an intermediate product in the synthesis of long chain liquid waxes (LCLW). Cloning the ligase gene from jojoba which is responsible for the synthesis of LCLW from fatty alcohols in plants is presently in progress.
 Calgene plans to genetically engineer the reductase and ligase genes into rapeseed, a widely grown oilseed crop to allow for cost effective natural production of fatty alcohols and LCLWs in plants. Greenhouse tests of the reductase are in progress.
 In the United States over 300 million pounds of fatty alcohols are used in a wide variety of cosmetic, personal care, pharmaceuticals, lubricant and cleaning products. LCLWs are used in cosmetic and lubricant products.
 "The ability to produce fatty alcohols and LCLWs in plants would offer tremendous opportunities for our plants oils business," said Andrew Baum, senior vice president of operations. "The ability to be a low cost producer of fatty alcohols and LCLWs would allow us to address a broad range of markets. LCLWs offer tremendous functionality to the cosmetic and lubricant industries. However, its current high price of $8-$10/pound has restricted its use to high value niche markets. Rapeseed produced LCLW could be significantly less expensive, opening up major environmentally safe lubricant markets for this product."
 The reductase announcement is the latest in a series of developments by Calgene's scientific team. In the fall of 1991, Calgene planted the world's first field trials containing plants genetically engineered to produce a modified vegetable oil. The plants produce a novel oil containing dramatically increased levels of stearic acid, making them potentially suitable for margarine and confectionery markets. In January of this year, Calgene announced it had genetically engineered canola plants to produce laurate (C-12), a key raw material for soap, detergent, oleochemical, personal care and food industries. This work was recently featured in the July 5 edition of the magazine Science. Field trials containing both high stearic and lauric rapeseed plants are currently being conducted in the upper midwest following winter trials in California and Georgia.
 Calgene is an agribusiness biotechnology company that is developing improved plant varieties and plant products for the seed, food and specialty chemical industries. The company has four operating subsidiaries: Ameri-Can Pedigreed Seed Co, Calgene Chemical, Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Co., and Calgene Fresh.
 -0- 8/26/92
 /CONTACT: Andrew Baum or Carolyn Hayworth of Calgene, 916-753-6313/
 (CGNE) CO: Calgene ST: California IN: MTC SU:


RM -- SF002 -- 3520 08/26/92 14:00 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Aug 26, 1992
Words:487
Previous Article:ASHLAND PETROLEUM TARGETS $114 MILLION FOR NEW PROJECTS AT ST. PAUL PARK REFINERY
Next Article:THE ANDREW JERGENS COMPANY ISSUES ANNOUNCEMENT
Topics:


Related Articles
CALGENE ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH IN GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CANOLA OIL
CALGENE: CANADIAN FIELD TESTS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANT OILS ANNOUNCED; SCOTLAND TRIALS ALSO IN PROGRESS
CALGENE RECEIVES U.S. GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANT OILS PATENT
CALGENE SUBMITS PETITION FOR USDA APPROVAL TO PRODUCE LAURATE CANOLA
CALGENE DEVELOPS NEW SOURCE OF MEDIUM CHAIN FATTY ACIDS
CALGENE BEGINS WORLD'S FIRST COMMERCIAL PLANTING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANT OIL
CALGENE COMPLETES FDA CONSULTATION ON LAURATE CANOLA; COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION UNDERWAY IN GEORGIA
CALGENE RECEIVES MYRISTOYL THIOESTERASE GENE PATENT
CALGENE RECEIVES PLANT OILS SYNTHASE AND THIOESTERASE GENE PATENTS
CALGENE GRANTED ADDITIONAL SEED-SPECIFIC CANOLA PROMOTER PATENT

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters