February 17, 2014

The search for high oleic oils

There had been quite a few inquiries that came to the blog regarding the market for high oleic oils and I just wanted to post some recent news about this market.

One is from Australia's national science agency, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). The agency said it has received trial approval for its super high-oleic (SHO) safflower oil, and has moved ahead with field trials of its first generation crop this summer.

The safflower oil contains super high levels of monounsaturate oleic acid -- consistently over 90%. CSIRO has a patented hairpin RNAi gene silencing technology that turn off unwanted linolenic acid, which boosted content of desirable oleic to 92-94% in first generation plants. Second generation and so forth are expected to have even higher oleic acid content.

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