N-carboxymethylchitosan enhancement of the storage protein contents of maize seeds (Zea mays L.)
Maize plants growing in the field and maize seeds germinating in the greenhouse were treated with l0 mM N-carboxy-methylchitosan (NCMC) solutions. The field-grown NCMC-treated maize seeds had a higher zein content (6.3%) than control maize seeds (3.0%). Two temperatures (25°C and 35°C) were used for seed germination. At 35°C, the NCMC-treated seedlings had a higher zein content (5.6%) than the control seedlings (1.8%). Also the NCMC-treated seedlings had a higher total cellular RNA content (20.6 μg/g) than the control seedlings (11.0 μg/g). Therefore NCMC doubled both the zein and the cellular RNA contents of the maize. © 1992 by Marcel Dekker, Inc.
Osuji, G., & Cuero, R. (1992). N-carboxymethylchitosan enhancement of the storage protein contents of maize seeds (Zea mays L.). Food Biotechnology, 6 (2), 105-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/08905439209549826