Effect of high temperature on starch biosynthetic enzymes and starch structure in japonica rice cultivar ‘Akitakomachi’ (Oryza sativa L.) endosperm and palatability of cooked rice

Kazunao Kato, Yuta Suzuki, Yuko Hosaka, Ryuichi Takahashi, Ikuko Kodama, Kensuke Sato, Tomohiko Kawamoto, Toshihiro Kumamaru, Naoko Fujita

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Reduction in crop yield and quality due to global warming is a major concern. In this study, we investigated the effects of high temperature during endosperm development on the level of starch biosynthetic enzymes, including granule-bound starch synthase I (GBSSI), branching enzyme (BE)IIb, and SSI, and structure of starch in the endosperm using japonica rice cultivar, ‘Akitakomachi’. We also performed palatability sensory evaluation of rice grown under different temperatures after cooking. At high ripening temperature, the number of seeds showing opaque regions was significantly increased, and seed weight was significantly decreased. The apparent amylose content and ratio of short to long chains of amylopectin in seeds developed at high temperature was significantly lower and higher, respectively, than that in seeds developed at lower temperature; this was because of low levels of GBSSI and BEIIb, respectively. In general, the amylose content correlates negatively with the stickiness and taste of cooked rice. Rice grains developed at high temperature were less palatable after cooking than those developed under normal conditions, although their amylose content was lower, indicating that the structure of amylopectin has a major impact on the palatability of cooked rice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Biochemistry

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