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Plant Storage Lipids

  1. Denis J Murphy

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0001918.pub2



How to Cite

Murphy, D. J. 2008. Plant Storage Lipids. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008


Plant storage lipids are major sources of human and livestock nutrition, and of a vast range of renewable industrial products from bioplastics to biofuels. Within plants, storage lipids such as triacylglycerols have several additional nonstorage functions in processes ranging from host–pathogen interactions to abiotic stress responses. Improved knowledge of storage lipid metabolism is being used to create new oil crop varieties and to domesticate new species to supply the ever increasing demand for plant oils.


  • fatty acids;
  • oils;
  • diet;
  • oilseeds;
  • biofuels