Based on an analysis of genetic diversity, transcriptomic comparisons and functional complementarity derived from secondary symbiosis, the group of XU Jian and CAS QIBEBT proposed a mechanistic model of triglyceride biosynthesis in Nannochloropsis oceanica, an oleaginous microalgae. This map provides an opportunity to improve productivity and quality of triglyceride in this algae using metabolic engineering.

CAS news release, December 1, 2017