2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Assessment of Specialty-Starch Corn Selected Using Maize Biodiversity
Marianne L. Emery* and Victoria F. Halfmann
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor

Two experimental corn varieties known in commerce as Amylomaize VII (AmyVII) and Slowly Digestible Starch (SDS) are being developed from Latin American germplasm at Truman State University. Interest in such varieties have increased in response to consumer concerns over diets rich in refined carbohydrates and the growing rates of obesity and diabetes. The starch from AmyVII behaves as fiber and is classified as Resistant Starch (RS) by nutritionists. The RS and SDS serve as a dietary prebiotic, which promotes probiotic microflora in the gut. Used therapeutically to regulate blood sugar, SDS can help diabetic and glycogen disorder patients suffering from hypoglycemia while they sleep. Consumption may also improve prolonged human physical performance. The experiment, thus, evaluated germplasm for commercialization purposes. Determination and analysis of DSC scans, variability in test weight, grain hardness, total grain starch and starch extractability were completed to reveal vital milling characteristics.

Keywords: Amylomaize VII , Slowly Digestible Starch , Resistant Starch , AmyVII

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 100-2
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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