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Carbohydrates in grain legume seeds. Improving nutritional quality and agronomic characteristics.

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This book is the result of a combined effort from scientists covering many disciplines interacting within a European Union-funded Copernicus project entitled 'Carbohydrate Biotechnology Network for Grain Legumes' (CABINET). The CABINET project linked 30 participants from 14 countries across Europe, including states of the former Soviet Union. The 8 chapters provide information on carbohydrate chem...


Chapter 5 (Page no: 117)

Seed physiology and biochemistry.

Information on seed physiology and biochemistry is presented under the following headings: the legume seed, including seed components and seed development; the accumulation and biosynthesis of carbohydrates, including accumulation of soluble carbohydrates (monosaccharides, disaccharides and oligosaccharides), biosynthesis of soluble carbohydrates (raffinose family of oligosaccharides, cyclitols and galactosyl cyclitols), accumulation of starch and biochemistry of starch; and physiological role of carbohydrates in legumes seeds, including during seed development (zygotic seeds, somatic embryos and mechanism of desiccation tolerance), during temperature stress, during seed storage and during germination (degradation of starch, degradation of raffinose family of oligosaccharides and the loss of desiccation tolerance).

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Hedley, C.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) Carbohydrate chemistry. Author(s): Kadlec, P. Bjergegaard, C. Gulewicz, K. Horbowicz, M. Jones, A. Kintia, P. Kratchanov, C. Kratchanova, M. Lewandowicz, G. Soral-Smietana, M. Sorensen, H. Urban, J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 61) Nutrition. Author(s): Kozlowska, H. Aranda, P. Dostalova, J. Frias, J. Lopez-Jurado, M. Pokorny, J. Urbano, G. Vidal-Valverde, C. Zdyunczyk, Z.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 89) Processing. Author(s): Bogracheva, T. Cserhalmi, Z. Czukor, B. Fornal, J. Schuster-Gajzágó, I. Kovács, E. T. Lewandowicz, G. Soral-Smietana, M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 145) Biotechnology. Author(s): Kuchuk, N. Griga, M. Kosturkova, G. Ilieva-Stoilova, M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 209) Breeding and agronomy. Author(s): Engqvist, G. Ambrose, M. Chekalin, N. Chekrygin, P. Kalev, S. Mrskos, M. Ranalli, P. Scurtu, I.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 233) Strategies for manipulating grain legume carbohydrates. Author(s): Hedley, C.