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Plants vs petrol! is part of a series of animations about the ways that everyday plants are doing amazing things. Our dependence on fossil fuels is complex and it’s increasing.

Led by farm management company Velcourt, a BBSRC-funded collaboration of researchers and plant breeders are working to establish the commercial feasibility of a new type of oilseed rape (OSR) that could provide a greener alternative to the mineral-based oils currently used industrially. It is estimated that 50% of all lubricants sold world-wide end up in the environment, with few alternatives currently available to the mineral-based products that can be harmful pollutants.

The Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst programme, funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC and EPSRC, has been temporarily postponed awaiting the outcome of the comprehensive spending review. Industrial biotechnology remains a priority for the three funders who continue to support it through other channels.