About The Author

Wei Ma is an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research focuses on mechanistic understanding of gene regulation of plant oil biosynthesis and translation of knowledge gained from our research into benefits for agro-economy.

WRINKLED1 Transcription Factor And Plant Oil Biosynthesis

Plants produce and build up triacylglycerol (TAG, familiar to most people as vegetable oils) in their seeds as a main carbon and energy resource for seedling development. Plant seed oils are important for both human diet and renewable feedstock of industrial applications. Plant oils are energy-rich — the energy content of TAG is much higher