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Thursday seminar

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


IRRI seminar by Nese Sreenivasulu
Thursday Seminar

October 12, 2017
1:15pm-2:15pm, Havener Auditorium

"What rice scientists can offer to the sugary world ?- Low Glycaemic Index Rice application in Diabetes Prevention and Management"
Author: Dr. Nese Sreenivasulu
Senior Scientist, Grain Quality and Nutrition Center

The world is experiencing an epidemic of diabetes with 450 million incidences and more than 50% of them occur in Asia being the hot spot. Factors driving this epidemic are urbanization associated sedentary lifestyle, higher energy intake through modern diet. Diet plays an important role where rice being the staple food in Asia. Rice lines with slower starch digestibility provide opportunities in mitigating the global rise in type II diabetes and related non-communicable diseases. However, screening for low glycemic index (GI) in rice breeding programs is not possible due to time and cost constraints. This study evaluated the feasibility of using in vitro cooked grain amylolysis, starch mobilization patterns during seed germination, and variation in starch structure and composition in the mature seed to differentiate patterns of starch digestibility. The combination of these biochemical markers can be used as an alternative measure to predict GI. Additionally, transcriptome analysis of stored mRNA transcripts in high and low GI lines detected differences in starch metabolism and confirmed the importance of seed storage pathways in influencing digestibility. Pathway analyses supported by metabolomics data revealed that resistant starch, cell wall non-starch polysaccharides, and flavonoids potentially contribute to slower digestibility. These new insights can guide precision breeding programs to produce low GI rice with acceptable cooking quality to help mitigate the burden of diet-associated lifestyle diseases. Clinical studies evidences have proven that type2 diabetes is not only preventable but curable through intervention of low GI diets enriched with nutrients and fiber. For diabetes prevention, we need to implement novel systems approaches in the promotion of low GI foods and community based effective physical activities to engage population.


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Havener Auditorium