Oil palm covers over one-third of vegetable oil production worldwide and has
a variety of applications in food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Another
gene related to high-oil content has been characterized by a group of
scientists working on the genetic improvement of oil palm.
Through genome-wide association data analysis, phylogenetic analysis, and
multiple sequence alignment, the researchers found the EgGDSL gene to be
associated with high-oil content. The gene was transformed and expressed in
Arabidopsis and was found to increase total fatty acid content by 9.5%.
EgGDSL was also found to be highly expressed in oil palm trees with high oil
The EgGDSL gene would be valuable in breeding and the genetic engineering of