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Press Release - 06 November 2008

Bath Science Café: can plants provide fish oils?

Plants genetically modified to provide fish oils offer a new approach to improving diet, says Professor Johnathan Napier, who will speak at the next Bath Science Café (7.30pm Monday 10 November in the Raven pub, Queen Street).

Experiments have proved that crops containing genes from marine organisms are able to produce omega 3 fatty acids normally found in oily fish.

These fats have important health benefits, especially for the heart, yet most people do not eat enough oily fish in their diet.

"There are big problems with the sustainability of natural fish stocks and there are also concerns about pollution of the marine environment so we're interested in trying to produce a sustainable alternative source with these fish oils," said Professor Napier from Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

The eventual aim is to put GM-enhanced oils, from crops such as linseed and oil seed rape, into animal feed to produce omega 3 enriched meat, milk and eggs.

The talk will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street in the centre of Bath. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Organisers will ask for a small voluntary donation to cover travel costs for the speakers.

The next Bath Science Café event after Monday will be held on Monday 8 December and is entitled ‘After green chemistry comes raspberry-flavoured chemistry: adventures in solar cell research?’

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