WOBURN, Mass. And HARPENDEN, UK, Nov 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: YTEN), an agricultural life science company, announced today that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Rothamsted Research of the UK to support Rothamsted’s flagship program for the development of omega-3 oils in Camelina sativa. The technology developed by Rothamsted could enable the sustainable production of plant-based omega-3 nutrient oils (DHA + EPA), which precisely mimic the composition of the fish oil of the southern hemisphere, an important component of aquaculture feed. Omega-3 oils are also essential for human nutrition and have shown benefits for heart health.
Rothamsted Research is a leading global non-profit research center based in Harpenden, United Kingdom, focusing on strategic agricultural sciences for the benefit of farmers and society worldwide. For the past decade, the team, led by Professor Johnathan Napier, Ph.D., Scientific Director, has demonstrated the manufacture of DHA + EPA oils in Camelina seeds. In addition, Prof. Napier’s team has carried out several years of field trials and several feeding studies with the DHA + EPA camelina oil in various fish species, including salmon. Under the agreement, Yield10 will support Prof. Napier’s ongoing research, including further improvements to DHA + EPA traits, field tests and nutritional studies. Under the agreement, Yield10 has an exclusive two-year option to sign a global, exclusive or non-exclusive license agreement for the Omega-3 technology.
“Yield10 shares our vision to develop camelina as a commercial crop for omega-3 oils based on a land-based production route,” said Professor Angela Karp, Director and General Manager of Rothamsted. “Successful commercialization of this technology could have significant benefits as it provides consumers with sustainable production of an essential oil for nutrition and wellbeing, and allows growers to diversify crops. Yield10 has described numerous innovations to improve the performance of Camelina and demonstrated commitment and leadership in developing Camelina as a new crop. We look forward to advancing our mission to improve sustainable agriculture in collaboration with the Yield10 team. “
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“Yield10 is developing Camelina as a platform for the production of nutrient oils and PHA biomaterials. We believe that omega-3 oils made in Camelina have significant market opportunities and that the technology developed by Professor Napier and his team in Rothamsted is an excellent addition to our development efforts in Camelina, ”said Oliver Peoples, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Yield10 Bioscience. “The Rothamsted team has successfully identified key steps on a potential path for the commercial development of the technology, including the stable deployment of the DHA + EPA omega-3 oil pathway in Camelina, large-scale field testing in the UK and Canada and the publication of feeding studies to demonstrate the nutritional properties of the oil. As part of this collaboration, we have the opportunity to further evaluate Rothamsted’s omega-3 oil technology and ongoing advances, while Yield10 continues to focus on developing elite varieties of Camelina and creating a strategic business plan to explore opportunities for commercial Development for this high value to determine oil. “
over Prof. Napier and R.esearch In connection with P.Manufacturing omega-3 oils in camelina
Prof. Napier is an internationally recognized leading pioneer in plant biotechnology and an advocate of the power of genetically modified plants to produce benefits for the common good. He made important discoveries in understanding the biosynthesis of long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3 fish oils) in transgenic plants.
Selected Current publications
Napier, JA, Haslam, RP, Olsen, RE, Tocher, DR and Betancor, MB 2020. Agriculture can help make aquaculture greener. Nature Food 1, 680-683 (2020).
Han, L., Usher, SL, Sandgrind, S., Hassall, KL, Sayanova, OV, Michaelson, LV, Haslam, RP, and Napier, JA 2020. High accumulation of EPA and DHA in field-grown transgenic Camelina – a Multi-Territorial – Assessment of TAG accumulation and heterogeneity. Plant Biotechnol J. 2020; 10.1111 / pbi.13385. doi: 10.1111 / pbi.13385
West, AL, Miles, EA, Lillycrop KA, Han, L., Sayanova, OV, Napier, JA and Calder, PC 2019. The postprandial incorporation of EPA and DHA from transgenic Camelina sativa oil into blood lipids corresponds to that from fish oil in healthy ones People. Br J Nutr. 2019; 121 (11): 1235-13. 1246. doi: 10.1017 / S0007114519000825
MB Betancor, K. Li, M. Sprague, T. Bardal, OV Sayanova, S. Usher, L. Han, K. Måsøval, O. Torrissen, JA Napier, DR Tocher and Olsen, RE 2017. An oil, the EPA and contains DHA from transgenic Camelina sativa to replace marine fish oil in feed for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.): effects on intestinal transcriptome, histology, tissue fatty acid profiles and plasma biochemistry. Plus one. 2017; 12 (4): e0175415. Published 2017 Apr 12. doi: 10.1371 / journal.pone.0175415
Usher, S., Han, L., Haslam, RP., Michaelson, LV, Sturtevant, D., Aziz, M., Chapman, KD, Sayanova, OV and Napier, JA 2017. Adjusting seed oil composition in the real world: Optimization of the accumulation of long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids in transgenic Camelina sativa. Scientific Reports 7 (1), 6570 (2017).
About Rothamsted research
Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world. We work from gene to field with a proud history of groundbreaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soil management. In 1843, our founders pioneered modern agriculture, and we are known for our resourceful science and collaborative influence on fresh thinking and farming practices. Through independent science and innovation, Rothamsted has made a significant contribution to improving agricultural and food systems in the UK and internationally. In terms of the Institute’s economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK in 2015 has been calculated to be more than £ 3000 million per year1. Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Research Council on Biotechnology and Life Sciences (BBSRC), with additional support from other national and international funding streams as well as industry. It is also supported by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT).
More information is available on the Rothamsted website or on Twitter @Rothamsted
1Rothamsted Research and the Value of Excellence: A Synthesis of Available Evidence by Séan Rickard (Oct 2015)
over Yield10 Bioscience
Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. is an agricultural life science company developing plant innovations for sustainable global food security. The company leverages its “Trait Factory”, including its big data mining tool to discover big data mining traits and Camelina oilseed system “Fast Field Testing”, to identify high quality seed traits for agriculture and the food industry to develop. As a way to commercialize novel traits, Yield10 takes a partnership approach with large agricultural companies to develop new traits for the development of canola, soybean, corn and other commercial crops. The company is also developing enhanced Camelina varieties as a platform for the manufacture and marketing of nutritional oils, proteins and PHA biomaterials. The company’s expertise in oilseeds also extends to rapeseed, where novel yield traits are currently being tested on-site to generate data and create additional licensing options. Yield10 is headquartered in Woburn, MA and has an Oilseeds Center of Excellence in Saskatoon, Canada.
For more information about the company, please visit www.yield10bio.com or follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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