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Trends Plant Sci. 2000 Jul;5(7):291-8.

Engineering starch for increased quantity and quality.

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  • 1Institute of Biological Chemistry, PO Box 646340, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 91964-6340, USA.


The characterization and production of starch variants from mutation studies and transgene technology has been invaluable for our understanding of the synthesis of the starch granule. The knowledge gained has allowed for genetic manipulation of the starch biosynthetic pathway in plants. This in vivo approach can be used to generate novel starches and diminishes the need for post-harvest chemically and enzymatically treated starches. Thus, the modification of the starch biosynthetic pathway is a plausible means by which starches with novel properties and applications can be created.

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