Biology and human relavence
Not much is known about U. dimorpha and its relevance for humans. Interestingly, U. ramanniana, a close relative, has been shown to contain a gene involved in oil production that has relevance for soybean oil production. Transgenic expression of this gene in soybean resulted in a high-oil producing soybean line (Lardizabal et al. 2008). As a close relative to U. dimorpha, the production of long chain fatty acids in U. dimorpha may hold promise.
- Lardizabal, K., Effertz, R., Levering, C., Mai, J., Pedroso, M. C., Jury, T., Aasen, E., Gruys, K., and Bennett, K. 2008. Expression of Umbelopsis ramanniana DGAT2A in Seed Increases Oil in Soybean. Plant Physiol. 148:89–96
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