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Monica Santa-Maria

Monica Santa-Maria
BIOAL S.A.C. · Biomolecular Analysis Laboratory

PhD

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February 2009 - March 2011
University of California, Davis
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2003 - January 2009
North Carolina State University
Position
  • Graduate Researcher
Description
  • Doctoral Research on Plant Biotechnology

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Publications (9)
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Cultivation and trade of transgenic or genetically modified organisms (GMO) and commodities has become widespread worldwide. In particular, production of transgenic crops has seen an accelerated growth along with a complex regulatory process. Current Peruvian legislation prohibits import of transgenic seeds and cultivation of transgenic crops in Na...
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There is a need to understand how cellulose structural properties impact productive cellulase-cellulose interactions toward solving the mechanisms of the heterogeneous reaction. We coupled biochemical studies of cellulose hydrolysis by a purified Trichoderma reesei Cel7A (TrCel7A) cellobiohydrolase with atomic force microscopy (AFM) to study the im...
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Banana cultivation is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions where many rural agricultural communities exist. The banana plant bears fruit once in its life cycle, leaving behind a significant amount of usable agricultural residue. Current practice leaves this residue to decompose in the field spreading diseases and polluting water supplies....
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Microencapsulation of biomolecules, cells and chemicals is widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industries to improve stability, delivery and to control the release of encapsulated moieties. Among encapsulation matrices, alginate is preferred due to its low cost, biodegradability and biocompatibility. Current methods for producing stable algi...
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Sweet potato is a major crop in the southeastern United States, which requires few inputs and grows well on marginal land. It accumulates large quantities of starch in the storage roots and has been shown to give comparable or superior ethanol yields to corn per cultivated acre in the southeast. Starch conversion to fermentable sugars (i.e., for et...
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Changes in cellulose microstructure have been proposed to occur throughout hydrolysis that impact enzyme access and hydrolysis rates. However, there are very few direct observations of such changes in ongoing reactions. In this study, changes in the microstructure of cellulose are measured by simultaneous confocal and atomic force microscopy and ar...
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In the industrial processing of starch for sugar syrup and ethanol production, a liquefaction step is involved where starch is initially solubilized at high temperature and partially hydrolyzed with a thermostable and thermoactive alpha-amylase. Most amylases require calcium as a cofactor for their activity and stability, therefore calcium, along w...
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Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is an important crop in North Carolina with annual production of 0.33million tons, accounting for 37% of total US supply (USDA, Louisiana Farm Reporter 8(12), August 2008). To target industrial use, novel high-starch industrial-type varieties that contain more than 30% dry matter were developed by conventional breed...

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