From Canola to Coconut

Gene technology provides unlimited opportunities to modify oil composition in canola and related oilseed crops. Genes can be transferred from any source to synthesise valuable oils.

For example, two genes, one from the Californian bay tree and the other from coconut, when added to canola, produce a high laurate oil which is a substitute for coconut oil. Laurate canola oil has specialised melting properties and is for use in the confectionery industry and also for industrial applications, soaps, detergents and personal care products. This use of canola has been developed by Calgene and marketed under the brand name Laurical