Dr Monika Doblin and Professor Tony Bacic are leading a team from the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics in the School of Botany who are working to produce 'supergrain', a potentially healthier grain that could increase the versatility of wheat.
Researchers have identified a gene which is required for the production
of beta glucan, a complex carbohydrate with cholesterol-lowering and
bowel health promoting properties.
By increasing the levels of beta glucan in wheat, they hope to create a
healthier grain which and increase the versatility of wheat.
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