Joaquin J Salas (Instituto de la Grasa, Sevilla, Spain)
Joaquín J. Salas is researcher at IG (CSIC), his main field of research is plant lipid biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology.He also works with industry in projects on oil processing and characterization. Among his contribution to the field the research on the role of thioesterases and ACP forms in seed oil synthesis are remarkable. The production of oil crops alternative to palm is one of the priorities of his research, so he has worked on the isolation and characterization of different sunflower mutants accumulating high levels of stearic acid. He also has worked on the use of castor bean plant as a platform for the production of fatty acids of industrial interest.