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Safflower produced biofuel  with high levels of oleic acid is the culmination of 18 years of work by CSIRO plant scientists.

Oelic acid is a lubricating compound with a range of uses, from heart pacemakers to cosmetics.

Conventional safflower, one of humanity’s oldest crops, contains low levels of the acid, but Australian scientists have re-engineered it using gene silencing.

The result is a variety which yields up to 93 per cent oil, the highest level of purity in any currently available plant oils.

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