Michigan State University
Hundreds of fatty acids
synthesized by thousands
of plants and their phylogenetic
Phylogenetic distribution of Octanoic Acid
Family level distribution of Octanoic Acid
Species level distribution of Octanoic Acid
Explore relationships between unusual FA structures and plants that produce them.
Structure images and info for >400 FA.
Click Name to see species that produce a FA, publications, and data.
Click 'Tree' to display phylogentic distribution of a FA
FA analysis for > 7000 plants.
Click on species for graphs of FA composition, oil content,
and links to publications and individual data sets.
NEW: Nov 2017 - More than 2000 datasets from Chinese literature added
PlantFAdb (previously PhyloFAdb) is under development. It provides updates and enhancements to the Seed Oil Fatty Acid (SOFA) database at the Max Rubner-Institute.
Matthäus, B. (2012), The new database Seed Oil Fatty Acids (SOFA). Lipid Technology, 24: 230–234.
Aitzetmüller, K., Matthäus, B. and Friedrich, H. (2003), A new database for seed oil fatty acids — the database SOFA. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol., 105: 92–103.
The initial Tree page http://plantfadb.bch.msu.edu/tree presents the number of FA composition datapoints that are associated with ALL publications in PlantFAdb. Click on a node to move to Family, Genus and species.
occurrence of a fatty acid structure in different plant
species is displayed on a phylogenetic tree. The abundance (e.g. wt %) is indicated on the
Compiled analytical data
Fatty acid compositions and other acyl lipid parameters for each plant
species have been compiled from multiple publications on a single page in
Contributors to PlantFAdb
John Ohlrogge, Nick Thrower, Curtis Wilkerson, Melissa Baxter, Weili Yang, Kate McGlew, Jinjie Liu, Devin Higgins, at Michigan State University, USA
Bertrand Matthaus at Max Rubner-Institut, Detmold, Germany
Meng Zhang, Xiaojun Cheng and Changsheng Li at Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China
Vandana Mhaske, Independent Biotechnology Professional, Pune, India
Basil Shorrosh, Biotechnology Professional, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Ajay W Tumaney at CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute,