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How to get cornstarch from banana


I have a question... How could you get a cornstarch made from banana? It's my teacher's question. Is it possible? Or not. Please answer my question a.s.a.p.

Arvin Galaman
- Manila


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Bill Reynolds
Bill Reynolds
   consultant metallurgist
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
We sadly relate the news that Bill passed away on Jan. 29, 2010.


Bananas are loaded with starch. If you were to extract the starch from a banana wouldn't it be banana starch?

If you want to fix your teacher try this for an answer.

Transfect the genes for starch production from a corn seed to a banana seed. Grow the banana seed into a mature plant. Harvest the bananas. Eat one or two and extract the starch from a couple of others. The resulting starch will (theoretically) be corn starch though it will still taste of bananas. :)

John Holroyd
- Elkhorn, Wisconsin



My daughter came across this and pointed out that bananas do not propagate from seed. Yeh, I knew that.

Don't kids love it when they can catch the parents out?

OK then lets take a cell from the banana plant, do gene transfection as before. Propagate the single cell into a full grown banana tree using tissue culture and you are back making corn starch from a banana plant.

John Holroyd
- Elkhorn, Wisconsin


You can't get cornstarch from banana. What you can get from banana is banana starch. Cornstarch is the kind of starch you get from corn.

Guian Angelo
- Dumaguete, Neg. Or., Phil


Starch is starch. If the banana is not too ripe, you will find starch.

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Tom Pullizzi
Falls Township, Pennsylvania

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