Factors controlling higher-level starch structure (2009–2011)

Abstract:
Cereal starches are the major source of calorific intake in humans, and are important for animal nutrition. Current approaches to manipulating starch qualities through plant breeding are empirical. Combining genomics and bioinformatics with new techniques in polymer characterization will provide the first predictive understanding of how DNA and environmental factors govern polymer structure in cereals. This will lead to genotype selection to produce starches better suited to nutritional and industrial uses from cereals adapted to Australian agriculture. This will bring health benefits to consumers, financial benefits to farmers, and will be relevant to the development of biorenewable materials.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Centre Director - Crop Science
    Centre for Crop Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Professorial Research Fellow
    Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Affiliated Professor
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
Australian Research Council