<biochemistry> Storage carbohydrate of plants, consisting of amylose (a linear _(1-4) glucan) and amylopectin (an _(1-4) glucan with _(1-6) branch points). Present as starch grains in plastids, especially in amyloplasts and chloroplasts.
This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology
(11 Mar 2008)
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