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Potential for the development of prebiotic oligosaccharides from biomass

Rastall, R.A. and Hotchkiss, A.T. (2003) Potential for the development of prebiotic oligosaccharides from biomass. In: Eggleston, G. and Cote, G.L. (eds.) Oligosaccharides in food and agriculture. ACS symposium series, 849. American Chemical Society, Washington, pp. 44-53. ISBN 9780841238268

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Waste biomass contains a multitude of complex carbohydrate molecules. These carbohydrates can be considered as a resource for the development of novel prebiotic oligosaccharides which may have better functionality than those currently established on the market. Enhanced persistence of the prebiotic effect along the colon, antipathogen effects, and more closely targeted prebiotics, might all be possible starting from plant polysaccharides. Of particular interest for the development of novel prebiotics are oligosaccharides from arabinoxylans and pectins. Oligosaccharides derived from the breakdown of both classes have received increased research attention recently. The development of prebiotics based upon biomass will demand the development of new manufacturing technologies.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:13059
Additional Information:Symposium on Oligosaccharides in Food and Agriculture held at the 223rd American-Chemical-Society National Meeting ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA 7-11 Apr 2002
Publisher:American Chemical Society

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