A new complex carb in barley has been discovered by the scientists of University of Adelaide. The cereal polysaccharide, discovered in more than 30 years has the expected applications in medicine, food, and cosmetics.
The study has been presented in the American Chemistry Society journal ACS Central Science by the University of Adelaide’s School of Food, Agriculture, Food and Wine.
The polysaccharide was found by Dr. Alan Little, the Senior Research Scientist along with his team at the previous ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls. It is situated in the campus of the University’s Waite. The cereal has the ability to be used for many years.
Polysaccharide to Be Important For Plant Growth
“Cell walls of the plants comprise of components which are of utmost importance for various industries, for example, renewable sources for the production of energy, food products, and composite materials,” states Dr. Little.
“The information about this polysaccharide is expected to provide huge scope for research to figure out its importance in plants.
“The polysaccharide is present in the barley roots suggesting that it might have a major part in the growth of plant or to fight from external stress for example disease and salinity.
The newly found polysaccharide is a blend of glucose, which is generally present in xylose and cellulose found in various dietary fibre. On the basis of relative sizes of sugar, the hybrid polysaccharide owns the ability to act as a structural element of wall giving strength or vice-versa as thick gel.