Patent Number: 7,786,356

Title: Method for the production of calendic acid, a fatty acid containing delta 8,10,12 conjugated double bonds and related fatty acids having a modification at the delta 9 position

Abstract: The preparation and use of nucleic acid fragments encoding plant fatty acid modifying enzymes associated with modification of the delta-9 position of fatty acids, in particular, formation of conjugated double bonds are disclosed. Chimeric genes incorporating such nucleic acid fragments and suitable regulatory sequences can be used to create transgenic plants having altered lipid profiles. The preparation and use of nucleic acid fragments encoding plant fatty acid modifying enzymes associated with formation of a trans delta-12 double bond also are disclosed. Chimeric genes incorporating such nucleic acid fragments and suitable regulatory sequences can be used to create transgenic plants having altered lipid profiles.

Inventors: Cahoon; Edgar B. (Webster Groves, MO), Hitz; William D. (Wilmington, DE), Ripp; Kevin G. (Wilmington, DE)

Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

International Classification: A01H 5/00 (20060101); C12N 1/20 (20060101); C12N 15/82 (20060101); C12N 5/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018