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Lipids: from chemical structures, biosynthesis, and analyses to industrial applications

Li-Beisson, Yonghua, Nakamura, Yuki and Harwood, John L. 2016. Lipids: from chemical structures, biosynthesis, and analyses to industrial applications. In: Nakamura, Yuki and Li-Beisson, Yonghua eds. Lipids in Plant and Algae Development, Vol. 86. Subcellular Biochemistry, vol. 86. Springer, pp. 1-18. (10.1007/978-3-319-25979-6_1)

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Abstract

Lipids are one of the major subcellular components, and play numerous essential functions. As well as their physiological roles, oils stored in biomass are useful commodities for a variety of biotechnological applications including food, chemical feedstocks, and fuel. Due to their agronomic as well as economic and societal importance, lipids have historically been subjected to intensive studies. Major current efforts are to increase the energy density of cell biomass, and/or create designer oils suitable for specific applications. This chapter covers some basic aspects of what one needs to know about lipids: definition, structure, function, metabolism and focus is also given on the development of modern lipid analytical tools and major current engineering approaches for biotechnological applications. This introductory chapter is intended to serve as a primer for all subsequent chapters in this book outlining current development in specific areas of lipids and their metabolism.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319259772
ISSN: 03060225
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 09:47
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/99425

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