Start Date: Jul 01, 2004
End Date: May 07, 2009
(1)Prepare and evaluate new enzyme systems as tools to better understand and manipulate plant cell wall polysaccharide structure and function. 2) Extract by chemical and/or enzymatic means, isolate and characterize cell wall polysaccharides to determine molecular structure and physical properties in by-products of sugar beet and citrus processing for potential value added products. 3) Design new, value-added personal care, biomedical and industrial products from cell wall polysaccharides in by-products of sugar beet and citrus processing. 4) Develop novel, value added biodegradable engineering materials by utilizing state-of-the-art extrusion processing. 5) Produce new prebiotic functional food and animal feed ingredients from citrus and sugar beet processing by-products.