Tag: starch

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

December 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute to the development of sustainable systems and societies. A “switch” controlling the […]

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Scientists find a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

Scientists find a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

November 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch after scientists found a “switch” controlling the level of starch content in algae. The study focused on the unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae and researchers demonstrated that starch content could be dramatically increased in […]

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UC Berkeley research yields high-starch “Frankenstein” switchgrass

UC Berkeley research yields high-starch “Frankenstein” switchgrass

September 17, 2012 |

In California, switchgrass research at the University of California, Berkeley has yielded a strain of the plant that is 250 times starchier than traditional switchgrass. The project, partially funded by the USDA, is also monitoring water use for growing these plants as water availability could be a limiting factor in growing switchgrass. Scientists working on […]

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Mutaged corn gene triples starch content in switchgrass: researchers

Mutaged corn gene triples starch content in switchgrass: researchers

October 12, 2011 |

In California, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have discovered that the mutated CG1 corn gene can triple the amount of starch stored in the switchgrass stems and make it easier to convert into the sugars needed for biofuels. The altered grasses didn’t flower during the two years of growth trials, meaning that […]

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