Production of starch and protein from duckweed

These plants are very simple, lacking an obvious stem or leaves. The greater part of each plant is a small organized “thallus” or “frond” structure only a few cells thick, often with air pockets that allow it to float on or just under the water surface. Depending on the species, each plant may have no root or may have one or more simple rootlets. In this project, biomass, starch and protein content of local duckweed isolates were investigated.