Glucoxylan | New Carbohydrate Discovered in Barley


A team of scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in the barley (Hordeum vulgare), the world’s fourth most important cereal crop after wheat, rice and maize.

The newly-discovered polysaccharide is a mix of glucose, commonly found in cellulose, and xylose, which is found in dietary fiber.
Based on the relative proportions of each sugar, the hybrid polysaccharide has the potential to behave as a structural component of the plant cell wall providing strength or conversely as a viscous gel.

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