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African Journal of Biotechnology

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Enhancement of agronomical values: upstream and downstream opportunities for starch and starch adjuncts

B Daramola, KO Falade

Abstract


Majority of the starch crops harvested in the tropical African countries are wasted to post-harvest losses, while minority are consumed locally with insignificant quantity being processed for down stream applications, with no evidence for up stream process applications. Consequently, the natural
resources are under utilized but deserve value enhanced utilities. In view of these necessity, this review pooled together information on tropical agricultural starch crops endowment with respect to types, present status of utilization, possibility for value enhancement and illustrations on prospects for utilization of value-added starch based products and adjuncts in food and non-food products with view to provoke interest on enhancement of agronomical benefits of tropical African countries starch crops.



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