An Overview on Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) and its Genetic Diversity

  title={An Overview on Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) and its Genetic Diversity},
  author={Sumita Nag and Jiban Mitra and Pran Gobinda Karmakar},
  journal={International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology},
Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is an annual, self-pollinated species with a genome size of ~ 370 Mb. Flax provides raw materials for food, medicine and textiles and hence it has been of great importance to human culture and development. Linseed oil is well-known for its health benefits mainly attributed to its high content of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid (55–57%). Consumption of grounded seeds adds nutritional benefits because flax seeds are also a rich source of lignans, having anticancer… Expand

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