CASSAVA AND STARCH TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT
The Cassava and Starch Technology Research Unit was established in 1995 through the cooperation of various government agencies, including the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Kasetsart University and private sector bodies such as the Thai Tapioca Development Institute (TTDI). The unit is located at the Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute (KAPI), Kasetsart University (Bangkaen)
The unit has four research areas categorized as follows:
1) Characterization of Cassava and Starch Properties
This research area emphasizes the characterization of the strengths and weaknesses of cassava starch properties for industrial usage. The characterization of various starches provides us with a better insight into the correlation between the structural and functional properties of starch, which in turn is vital for developments in its modification and application.
2) Technology Improvements in the Starch Manufacturing Process
This research area focuses on improving the efficiency of starch processing, both in terms of technology and in terms of quality upgrades. The research group has recently conducted an ozonation trial in a cassava starch factory, successfully demonstrating that this process can lead to a whiter end product and a lower cyanide content.
3) Development of Starch Modification
This research group aims to improve and alter the properties of cassava starch through a range of modification techniques, whether physical, chemical or biotechnological, with the eventual aim of boosting the value and utilization of cassava starch.
4) Industrial Application of Cassava and Starch
This research area focuses on the development of cassava and starch applications in both the food and the non-food industries. Our researchers have also developed a process for the production of ethanol, an environmentally friendly alternative renewable fuel, from cassava chips. Inspired by the problem of serious environmental damage from plastic waste, the group is also interested in the development of starch-based biodegradable plastic.
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Cassava and Starch Technology Research Unit
Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute
Bangkok 10900 Thailand
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