Could eating moss be good for your gut?—23 April 2018

An international team of scientists, including researchers funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and based at The University of Adelaide, has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses.

The scientists, from Australia's ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls and University of Rhode Island, in the USA, say the polysaccharide looks a bit like the gut-friendly, health-promoting beta glucan found in oats and other cereals. A polysaccharide is a complex carbohydrate made up of sugar molecules.

Led by Professor Rachel Burton, in The University of Adelaide's School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, and Professor Alison Roberts, University of Rhode Island, the research team was looking into the evolutionary history of the beta glucan when they made this discovery. The research has been published in The Plant Cell.

Media issued by The University of Adelaide.


Image: researchers have found a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could be good for your gut.
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Original Published Date: 
Monday, April 23, 2018