Graph of Plant Oil Accumulation (image) DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory Share Print E-Mail Caption This graph shows how combining genetic mutations can increase the accumulation of oil in the leaves of a common laboratory plant. A is the wild type Arabidopsis plant with no mutations; B is Arabidopsis with two mutations that disrupt both the transport of sugar out of leaves and the conversion of sugar to starch; C has the same mutations as B plus two additional mutations: one to block another sugar-conversion pathway, and one to block the transport of lipids. The results suggest this biochemical-genetic strategy could contribute to increasing oil production and accumulation in the vegetative tissues of plants grown for biofuels or other commodity products. Credit Brookhaven National Laboratory Usage Restrictions OK for use with stories about this research. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.