Oleosomes ? Natural Oil Droplets: What can we learn from their physico-chemical properties?
Oleosomes (oil bodies) are micron-sized oil droplets found in a range of plant and algal tissues. Oilseeds store oil (triacylglycerol) as an energy store for germination in oleosomes; these structures are destroyed by conventional oilseed processing designed to extract the oil. There is a growing interest in testing the properties of intact oleosomes ex-vivo, properties determined to large degree on their surface chemistry. This talk will outline how they are formed de-novo in seeds, and explore the physico-chemical nature of oleosomes ex-vivo.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..