Context

Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is the world’s third-largest source of vegetable oil, with the residual protein-rich meal used as feed for livestock. Rapeseed oil is considered a healthy oil because it is low in saturated fatty acids. But it is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which results in poor thermal stability. The production of low-carbon nitrogen fertilizer (produced using renewable electricity rather than natural gas) enables the development of rapeseed to produce sustainable, non-toxic and biodegradable substitutes for minerals. 

The research

Our research focuses on the key limitation of rapeseed oil for industrial applications: its thermal instability. The main focus has been reducing the content of polyunsaturated fatty acid in a directed way, based on our knowledge of lipid biosynthesis pathways.

The impact from this area is being delivered through a start-up company, Nuspec Oil Ltd.

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Professor Neil Bruce
Department of Biology
neil.bruce@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328777
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD

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Nuspec Oil Ltd.

Featured researcher
Professor Ian Bancroft

Professor Ian Bancroft

Professor Bancroft is an expert in plant genomics who formerly worked at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.

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Featured researcher
Natalia Stawniak

Natalia Stawniak

Dr Stawniak is interested in exploring the thermal stability of rapeseed oil. She was awarded an Enterprise Fellow from the University of York and is CEO, Co-founder of Nuspec Oil Ltd.

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Contact us

Professor Neil Bruce
Department of Biology
neil.bruce@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328777
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD

Related links

Nuspec Oil Ltd.