Dr James Petrie

Dr James Petrie, Research Scientist with CSIRO Plant Industry.

Dr James Petrie: metabolic engineering of plant oils

Dr James Petrie's research aims to modify the oil content and oil profile of plants. His current focus in on producing long chain omega-3 oils in land plants, and increasing the levels of seed and leaf oil produced in plants.

  • 31 March 2010 | Updated 27 November 2012

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Current activities

Dr James Petrie is investigating the metabolic engineering of plant oils, focusing on changing the levels and types of oils produced in plants.

Dr Petrie joined the CSIRO metabolic engineering research team as a doctoral student. He is now part of the CSIRO Food Futures National Research Flagship and works on two projects related to the metabolic engineering of plant oils.

Dr James Petrie is investigating the metabolic engineering of plant oils, focusing on changing the levels and types of oils produced in plants.

It is estimated that the global demand for plant oils will double within twenty years to meet increasing food and industrial use requirements. The oil increase project aims to increase the level of oils produced in the seeds and leaves of plants in order to provide additional sources of these oils to meet growing demand.

The omega-3 oils in land plants project aims to deliver a land-based source of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). With increasing recognition of their health benefits, and our burgeoning global population, demand for these oils has grown significantly over the past ten years and is projected to exceed the production that can be sustainably supplied by wild fish stocks.

This project aims to provide an additional source of the healthy oils to help meet the demand, and to increase the consumption of omega-3 oils by the Australian population. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Nuseed.

Academic qualifications

Dr Petrie was awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Biotechnology, with First Class Honours from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University.
Read more about Australian scientific collaboration set to break world’s reliance on fish for long chain omega-3.