Gallery: Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cel...

 

Few people turn to a tree branch or corn husk for a meal, and for good reason. The cellulose found in the cell walls of plants is enormously difficult for the human digestive system to break down. The carbohydrate is one of the most abundant organic materials in the world, and thanks to new research it could serve as a potential food source for a global population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050. Researchers from Virginia Tech recently found a way to convert cellulose into amylose through a bioprocess called “simultaneous enzymatic biotransformation and microbial fermentation”. They published their findings this week in the early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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