Camelina sativa (Gold of pleasure)
Camelina sativa belongs to the family Brassicaceae. This plant is native to Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia, where there are also wild weedy forms. The developed crop form was widely grown across Europe until the 1950s. The seeds yield an oil of excellent nutritional quality which in the past was used as an illuminant and for cosmetic purposes, while the stems were utilized for making brushes, packaging, and thatching temporary buildings. There were additional uses of the green crop as fodder and of the seed for fattening poultry, while the protein-rich press cake was a valued livestock food. Small areas have been grown in recent years for use in the soap and cosmetic industries and as a constituent of birdseed. Experiments are being conducted to assess its future potential.
Summary of the invention
The present invention discloses a general method for transformation of Camelina sativa using Agrobacterium. Independent Claim 1 is not limited in the sort of explant used for transformation. The only limitation seems to be that an explant is used as starting material, which could mean that full plants are excluded from protection.
Independent Claims 27-30 recite broad claims on various industrial application of the genetically modified plant, which is seen as having potential for the production of a number of metabolites and products.
Naturally, this patent application must be viewed in the light of the many other patents on Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, including general methods, methods for dicots and vectors.
Specific Patent Information
|Patent Number||Title, Independent Claims and Summary of Claims||Assigne|
WO 2002/38779 A1
|Title – A transformation system in Camelina sativa
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Camelina sativa explants and the subsequent regeneration of the transformed cells into whole Camelina sativa plants. The use of transgenic Camelina sativa for the production of homologous or heterologous recombinant products are also claimed.
According to the specification, the term “hormone” in claim 1 ‘means organic compounds or molecules originating in certain parts or organs of a plant, which compounds when transported to another tissue elicit a certain response. Plant hormones are active preferably in small concentrations and can be used in different combinations. The major classes of plant hormones are auxin, gibberellins, cytokinins, ethylene, and abscisic acid, each of which has many effects. Also a variety of other compounds including oligosaccharmns, batasins and brassino steroids function as hormones in plants.‘
Note: Patent information on this page was last updated on 14 March 2006.