"This gum prevents ice crystal formation and also creates the smooth, silky sheen in shampoos. As an additive gum is used extensively by cosmetics, textile, health and paper industry for retaining moisture, emulsifying and maintaining crispiness. For years researchers have been trying to identify this so called 'ice cream gene' which provides energy storage for seeds and cellulose to support cell walls in the guar plant. GS Randhawa, department of biosciences and biotechnology, IITRourkee, who was part of this research team in the final stage of the isolation process said, "This breakthrough in biotechnology research wherein the gene has been successfully isolated will be very beneficial as it can be transferred to the more widely grown soyabean crops." Preliminary investigation indicates that this gene is functionally expressed in soyabean seeds, producing mannan necessary to produce gum. This, however, does not spell good news for Indian exports of guar gum. Currently, 80 per cent of the world's guar is cultivated in India and 70 per cent of produce is concentrated in Rajasthan. Due to climatic vagaries the guar crop is subject to fluctuation in production. Randhawa explained that the primary aim of Dhugga's research team at Pioneer Hi-Bred International was to transfer this ice cream gene to more high yielding crops like soyabean. Stabilising the supply of this important food additive would benefit the food manufacturers and increase the demand for genetically modified soya crops. In addition to decoding the gene structure this discovery is also useful in understanding plant cell wall synthesis, the phenomenon propelling better plant growth, it's defence mechanisms against pathogen attacks. The gene identification technology can be used for transferring a beneficial and commercially viable property from one plant to other"
- PHYSICAL SCIENCES
- EARTH SCIENCES
- LIFE SCIENCES
- SOCIAL SCIENCES
Subscribe to the newsletter
Stay in touch with the scientific world!
Know Science And Want To Write?
- A Scalar Gravity Coupling Model That Bends Light
- Is The Close Encounters Theme Just A Fun Idea - Or Is Music One Of The Easiest Ways To Communicate With ETs?
- The Puzzle Of How Quantum Effects Help Plant Cells Capture Light
- T Cell Immunotherapy Show Promising Results For Leukemia
- Sorry Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Corn Oil Is Better For Lowering Cholesterol
- The Quote Of The Week - Higgs On Anderson's Role In The Higgs Mechanism
- Who's Patenting Whose Genome?
- "ぎゃくに、まえ世がものされるごいしあわせものだったんじゃない？ 厚せいろうどうしゃ省のほしんアナウンスのせいで、きのうだけで、ワクチンがにゅうしゅしづらくなったというメールがきた海道と九州をふくまれる19ひとのドクターからきています。..."
- "Jackson may be a bit much for this discussion.Since you already know how to play with tensor objects..."
- "While you are comparing gravity theories, I wanted to comment on something to prevent confusion..."
- "I am quite satisfied that the action written in this blog cannot describe gravity. Gravity is all..."
- "2-D electronic spectroscopy? Why '2D'? How 'electronic'? energized molecules re-emit light of different..."
- Entropy and sodium intakes, the wicked problems of health sciences
- The Physical Origin of Evolution.
- Australian Researchers Discover Potential Blue Green Algae Cause & Treatment of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) & (ALS)
- 40 really awful writing prompts that no writer should use
- Learning Should Not Be Easy
- EASL publishes revised clinical practice guidelines to optimise the management of hepatitis C virus
- High chair-related injuries to children on the rise
- Innovative drug-dispensing contact lens delivers glaucoma medication continuously for a month
- No pictures, please: Taking photos may impede memory of museum tour
- New rearing method may help control of the western bean cutworm