Barley plants contain a new type of carbohydrate, previously unknown
New type of carbohydrate discovered in cereals - interesting science news

A new kind of complex carbohydrate has been discovered in barley, the first discovery of this type in the last 30 years.

The compound is a polysaccharide containing a mix of glucose and xylose. This hybrid polysaccharide behaves as a structural component of the cellular wall providing strength, but it can also be as viscous as a gel.

The scientists behind this study claim that many potential applications of the new carbohydrate can be imagined, however further research is required to understand its potential uses.

Read the full story: University of Adelaine
Scientific publication: ACS Central Science