The issue (31 august) of the US scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one of the most prestigious in the world, carries an article on important aspects related to a molecule (ADPglucose) which is required for plants to produce starch.
In order to assess the importance of this research of the Public University of Navarre, two fundamental factors have to be taken into account: one is the annual production of starch derived from the main vegetables and estimated as approximately a thousand million tonnes; secondly, the fact that recently starch has been used as raw material for the production de biofuels, biodegradable plastics, etc. Thus, it is highly probable that the international scientific community have taken note of the discovery described in this journal and will have a significant repercussion in multiple industrial sectors, specially those involved in the search for alternative energies and the protection of the environment.
The article describes the location of the ADPglucose molecule in the plant cells which produce a reserve substance called starch. It was thought, until now, that the ADPglucose was located only in the compartment where the cell produces starch; the chloroplast.
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