The project will both serve as a proof of concept and a potential solution to the sustainability issue in supplying fish oils to farmed fish.
Professor Napier has long been exploring how to develop a sustainable source of omega-3 using transgenic plants.
“It’s taken a decade to develop plants able to produce the oils and be used in aquaculture,” he said.
“This GM technology shows great promise as a potential solution to help fish farming remain even more sustainable while continuing to grow as an industry.”
Studies have suggested a link between omega-3 fish oils – also known as omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as EPA and DHA- and benefits to human health.
The new study is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.