Scientist Cai Tao shows a sample of synthesised starch at a lab earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua Scientist Cai Tao shows a sample of synthesised starch at a lab earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
Scientist Cai Tao shows a sample of synthesised starch at a lab earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese scientists have found new way to make starch in a lab. Could it save on water and land?

  • Paper in Science magazine details system to reduce carbon dioxide to methanol which is converted by enzymes to carbon sugar units, then to starch
  • But the laboratory method is a long way from being sustainable, energy efficient, economically viable or a replacement for traditional agriculture

Topic |   China food security
Scientist Cai Tao shows a sample of synthesised starch at a lab earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua Scientist Cai Tao shows a sample of synthesised starch at a lab earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
Scientist Cai Tao shows a sample of synthesised starch at a lab earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
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