Starch is the most widespread and abundant reserve carbohydrate in plants and is unique in that it can be used for the production of food, materials in bio-based products, and energy. Starch in the Bioeconomy covers the structure, biosynthesis, biodegradation, properties, and applications of starch in the context of the bioeconomy. The book
- Describes the present state of cognition of the starch granule
- Discusses physicochemical aspects and digestibility
- Considers physical, chemical, and biochemical processes to yield a variety of starch substrates
- Examines starch-based products including bioethanol, plastics, and composites and their use in various sectors including food, materials and energy
- Covers the valorization of starch as a pillar of the bioeconomy
The book is aimed at researchers and industry professionals focused on the development of starch science, technology, and economics. Built on a reliable and well-documented base of information, the book presents the paths that remain to be taken to decipher this still mysterious resource that has contributed so much to the rise of humanity.