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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The study was jointly conducted by researchers from the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, who are based at the Universities of Melbourne (led by Professor T Bacic and Associate Professor EJ Newbigin) and Adelaide (led by Professor GB Fincher and Dr R Burton).
This research builds on work initially funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and is currently undertaken as part of the High Fibre Grains Cluster – a research collaboration between the CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship and the Universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide.