Philip Bates, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Oil produced in the seeds of plants is the most energy-dense form of biological carbon storage and supplies humans with much of the calories and essential fatty acids required in our diet. Plant oils also represent a renewable carbon source that can replace petroleum in many applications, including biofuels and as feedstocks for the chemical industry, such as for the production of polymers, lubricants and resins. However, not all plant oils are alike and the usefulness of each for food, fuel or the chemical industry depends on the composition of the fatty acids within the oil. The laboratory of Dr. Bates utilizes biochemical, genetic and molecular biology approaches to understand the metabolic pathways that allow different plants to produce oils with unique fatty acid compositions, and how we can engineer plants to produce designer oils to meet our nutritional or industrial needs of the future.

Ma W, Kong Q, Arondel V, Kilaru A, BATES PD, Thrower NA, Benning C, Ohlrogge JB (2013) WRINKLED1, A Ubiquitous Regulator in Oil Accumulating Tissues from Arabidopsis Embryos to Oil Palm Mesocarp. PLoS ONE 8: e68887

BATES PD, Stymne S, Ohlrogge J (2013) Biochemical pathways in seed oil synthesis. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 16: 358-364

Zheng Y, Li T, Yu X, BATES PD, Dong T, Chen S (2013) High-density fed-batch culture of a thermotolerant microalga Chlorella sorokiniana for biofuel production. Applied Energy 108: 281-287

BATES PD, Jewell J, Browse J (2013) Rapid separation of developing Arabidopsis seeds from siliques for RNA or metabolite analysis. Plant Methods 9: 9

Li-Beisson Y, et al., (2013) Acyl-Lipid Metabolism. The Arabidopsis Book 11:e0161. doi:10.1199/tab.0161
• An invited update to the 2010 book chapter and associated interactive website (below)

BATES PD, Fatihi A, Snapp A, Carlsson A, Browse J, Lu C. (2012) Acyl Editing and Headgroup Exchange are the Major Mechanisms that Direct Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Flux into Triacylglycerols. Plant Physiology 160: 1530-1539.

BATES PD and Browse J (2012) The Significance of Different Diacylgycerol Synthesis Pathways on Plant Oil Composition and Bioengineering. Frontiers in Plant Science 3: article 147. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00147.

BATES PD and Browse J (2011) The Pathway of Triacylglycerol Synthesis Through Phosphatidylcholine in Arabidopsis Produces a Bottleneck for Accumulation of Unusual Fatty Acids in Transgenic Seeds. The Plant Journal. 68: 387-399.
• Featured article and journal cover photo, November 2011 (Vol 68, Issue 3).

van Erp H, BATES PD, Burgal J, Shockey J, Browse J (2011) Castor Phospholipid:Diacylglycerol Acyltransferase Facilitates Efficient Metabolism of Hydroxy Fatty Acids in Transgenic Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 155: 683-693.

Li-Beisson Y, Shorrosh B, Beisson F, Andersson Mats X, Arondel V, BATES PD, Baud S, Bird D, DeBono A, Durrett TP, Franke RB, Graham IA, Katayama K, Kelly AA, Larson T, Markham JE, Miquel M, Molina I, Nishida I, Rowland O, Samuels L, Schmid KM, Wada H, Welti R, Xu C, Zallot R, Ohlrogge J (2010) Acyl-Lipid Metabolism. The Arabidopsis Book 8:e0133. doi:10.1199/tab.0133
o Section 2.3: Nishida I and BATES PD. Eukaryotic Phospholipid Synthesis.
o Section 3.3: BATES PD. Glycerolipid Analysis Methods.

BATES PD, Durrett TP, Ohlrogge JB, Pollard M (2009) Analysis of Acyl Fluxes through Multiple Pathways of Triacylglycerol Synthesis in Developing Soybean Embryos. Plant Physiology 150: 55-72.

BATES PD, Ohlrogge JB, Pollard M (2007) Incorporation of Newly Synthesized Fatty Acids into Cytosolic Glycerolipids in Pea Leaves Occurs via Acyl Editing. Journal of Biological Chemistry 282: 31206-31216.