A Simple and Rapid Single Kernel Screening Method to Estimate Amylose Content in Rice Grains
Version of Record online: 1 APR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 24, Issue 6, pages 569–573, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Agasimani, S., Selvakumar, G., Joel, A. J. and Ganesh Ram, S. (2013), A Simple and Rapid Single Kernel Screening Method to Estimate Amylose Content in Rice Grains. Phytochem. Anal., 24: 569–573. doi: 10.1002/pca.2433
- Issue online: 24 OCT 2013
- Version of Record online: 1 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 8 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 24 AUG 2012
- Rapid amylose detection;
- amylose content;
- cut grain dip;
- iodide: iodine;
- rice accessions
In rice breeding programmes large number of grain samples are routinely analysed for amylose content (AC) through a tedious spectrophotometric method that also involves high reagent costs.
Here, we propose a rapid and economic screening technique for assessment of AC based on the amylose–iodine complex formation in the cut grains of rice, which we refer to as the cut grain dip (CGD) method.
The CGD method involves cutting the rice kernels in the middle with a pair of scissors and dipping the cut end in an optimised iodide:iodine (KI-I) solution termed the rapid amylose detection solution (RADS).
It was found that the time taken for deep blue colouration by the cut end of the grains after dipping in RADS was proportional to the AC. The CGD method was further validated in a large set of rice mutants with varied AC.
The proposed method can be used to screen samples for AC rapidly, with a single rice caryopsis, without any costly equipment and can be especially suitable for screening of mutants and segregants with altered AC in large breeding populations. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.