OMEGA-3s: “fundamental revision in our understanding of ω3 long-chain PUFA production in global food webs”

Read: Breakthrough in omega-3 understanding could revolutionize feed industry, by Nicki Holmyard in SeafoodSource (31.05.2018):

Excerpts :

“… an international team of scientists from the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Japan, and Australia found that omega-3s can be created by many marine invertebrates.”

“Our study provides a paradigm shift in understanding, as it demonstrates that a large variety of invertebrate animals, including corals, rotifers, molluscs, polychaetes and crustaceans, possess enzymes called ‘desaturases’ of a type that enable them to produce omega-3, an ability thought previously to exist almost exclusively in marine microbes,” [said lead scientist Oscar Monroig from the university’s Institute of Aquaculture].


Kabeya N. et al. (2018). Genes for de novo biosynthesis of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are widespread in animals. Science Advances  02 May 2018: Vol. 4, no. 5, eaar6849 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar6849: