Breeding for improved and novel starch characteristics in potato

F. Nazarian, G.A. Kok-Jacon, Q. Ji, J.P. Vincken, L.C.J.M. Suurs, R.G.F. Visser

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Abstract

Starch is the major form in which carbohydrates are stored and is present in almost all plant organs at one or another time during development. Storage starch is formed in amyloplasts as dense granules ranging in size from 1 to over 100 µ M. They are composed of an essential linear glucose polymer and a branched glucose polymer termed amylose and amylopectin respectively (Ball et al 1998). Knowledge about starch biosynthesis is required to be able to modify starches for industrial or food uses. This knowledge has been acquired by studies in a broad range of plants using both mutants and reverse genetic approaches. In this way the function and impact of a number of the essential genes in the starch biosynthetic pathway has been assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond
EditorsZhihong Xu, Jiayang Li, Yongbiao Xue, Weicai Yang
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages405-408
ISBN (Print)9781402066344
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event11th International Ass.for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, Beijing, China -
Duration: 13 Aug 200618 Aug 2006

Conference

Conference11th International Ass.for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, Beijing, China
Period13/08/0618/08/06

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