Wheat Cell Wall Polysaccharides (Dietary Fibre)

  • Peter ShewryEmail author
  • Ondrej Kosik
  • Till Pellny
  • Alison Lovegrove


Wheat is a major source of dietary fibre in the human diet, with whole grain containing about 11–15% fibre/g dry wt. However, in most countries wheat is most widely consumed after milling to give white flour, reducing the fibre content to less than 5%. The major dietary fibre components in white flour are the cell wall polysaccharides arabinoxylan and β-glucan. This chapter therefore focuses on these components, reviewing their structures and properties, biosynthesis, variation in amount and composition and genetic control. This provides a basis for increasing the content of wheat fibre and manipulating its properties to optimise the health benefits of wheat-based foods.


Dietary fibre Arabinoxylan β-glucan Cell walls Polysaccharides Ferulic acid CAZymes 



Rothamsted Research receives grant-aided support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK and the work forms part of the Designing Future Wheat strategic programme (BB/P016855/1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Shewry
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ondrej Kosik
    • 1
  • Till Pellny
    • 1
  • Alison Lovegrove
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesRothamsted ResearchHarpendenUK

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