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Metabolism and Structure

  • Yasunori Nakamura
  • Discusses the physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, and bioengineering of plant starch and its practical applications

  • Provides up-to-date information about plant-specific metabolism

  • Elaborates on the unresolved subjects, necessary approaches, and future prospects in starch metabolism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric Bertoft
      Pages 3-40
    3. Isao Hanashiro
      Pages 41-60
    4. Denis Lourdin, Jean-Luc Putaux, Gabrielle Potocki-Véronèse, Chloé Chevigny, Agnès Rolland-Sabaté, Alain Buléon
      Pages 61-90
  3. Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Steven Ball, Christophe Colleoni, Maria Cecilia Arias
      Pages 93-158
  4. Metabolism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Yasunori Nakamura
      Pages 161-209
    3. Christophe D’Hulst, Fabrice Wattebled, Nicolas Szydlowski
      Pages 211-237
    4. Julia Smirnova, Alisdair R. Fernie, Martin Steup
      Pages 239-290
    5. Ian J. Tetlow, Fushan Liu, Michael J. Emes
      Pages 291-313
    6. Yasunori Nakamura
      Pages 315-332
  5. Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Bilal Cakir, Aytug Tuncel, Seon-Kap Hwang, Thomas W. Okita
      Pages 371-395
  6. Modification and Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. Andreas Blennow
      Pages 399-424
    3. Ryo Matsushima
      Pages 425-441
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 443-451

About this book


This book provides a detailed overview of the current understanding of the metabolic system of starch biosynthesis and degradation in plants. The focus is on new topics regarding the functional interaction between multiple enzymes and the initiation process of starch biosynthesis, which are essential for further understanding of related metabolic features. The book also explains and discusses the distinct structures of amylopectin and amylose and the crystalline structure of starch granules. At the same time, readers will be made aware of areas where further research remains to be done, such as the regulation of starch metabolism, the fine structure of starch molecules, and the manipulation of the structure and functional properties of starch by genetic and molecular technology.

Also described are aspects of the biosynthetic machinery of starch, the structure and metabolism of which have developed and been refined during the process of plant evolution. In addition, recent approaches to producing novel starches with distinct physicochemical and functional properties in gene-modified mutants and transgenic plants for industrial applications are introduced. Finally, the book elaborates on the unresolved topics, necessary approaches, and future prospects to achieve a complete understanding of the regulation of starch metabolism.

This volume is of great value for general scientists, students, and anyone wishing to understand the specific and complicated events of starch metabolism and biotechnology. It will be especially useful for food scientists and engineers in academia and industry.


Amylopectin structure Amylose structure Starch biosynthesis Starch degradation Starch granules' crystalline structure Starch metabolism Starch modification and morphology Starch productivity

Editors and affiliations

  • Yasunori Nakamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Bioresource SciencesAkita Prefectural UniversityAkitaJapan

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