Alpha and omega: Making fish oils in GM plants

Friday 14 November – Sunday 16 November 2014
10.00am-5.00pm (Fri/Sat)
10.00am-3.00pm (Sun)

Museum Gardens
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PA

Suitable for:
All ages

Exhibit description

The team

From Rothamsted Research and the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling:

- Professor Johnathan Napier
- Dr Olga Sayanova
- Dr Frederic Beaudoin
- Dr Louise Michaelson
- Dr Richard Haslam
- Dr Sarah Usher
- Dr Mary Hamilton
- Ms Royah Vaezi
- Ms Laura Seamons
- Professor Douglas Tocher
- Dr Monica Betancor
- Dr Matthew Sprague
- Dr Greta Carmona-Antoñanzas
- Professor Gordon Bell
- Mr James Dick

The science behind the exhibit

Fish oils are rich in omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs), which can help reduce our risk of heart attacks. Unfortunately, global fish stocks are not sufficient for everyone on the planet. We are making a new land-based source of fish oils in GM plants. With this exhibit the public will:

- be informed about the current sources of omega-3 LC-PUFAs and the challenges that this poses for nutritious, healthy, sustainable food production including aquaculture
- explore and discuss plant biotechnology as a tool for alternative sustainable terrestrial sources of omega-3 LC-PUFAs
- learn about the principles of genetics and GM plants

What to expect

- Algae – source of omega-3 and for genes to use for genetic modification – instrument with computer to visualise algae
- Interactive game – the principles of metabolic and engineering
- Seeds GM/non-GM
- Video demonstrating laboratory procedures
- Fish oils/several vegetable oils-rape, linseed – differences of oils rich in omega 6, omega 3 or LC-omega 3. Fish feed pellets of different sizes
- Camelina plants

News and updates

www.rothamsted.ac.uk/camelina

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