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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A8
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Assistant Professor, Office
Member, Plant Sciences
Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre
Barley Council of Canada
Member of the Barley Quality Evaluation Team
Western Grains Research Foundation
American Society of Brewing Chemists
Master Brewers Association of the Americas
Bachelor of Science
University of Waterloo
Masters of Science
University of Guelph
University of Saskatchewan
According to Beattie, the CDC has mostly been focusing on improving the agronomics, mainly yield, but also the disease resistance package of each line due to a large yield penalty associated with the older high beta-glucan lines.
Most of these varieties are available from seed growers in Western Canada, but HB13324 is relatively new so growers don't yet have access; however, the variety looks quite promising, yielding similar to the hulled varieties like AC Metcalfe, a familiar variety.
There is also a category of hulless food barley which is high in beta-glucan (six to seven per cent), but is also high in amylose content (close to 40% instead of the usual 25%).
The high amylose content is digested slower (like a resistant starch) and so would be good in diets for diabetics.
"These varieties are mainly grown in Western Canada, but they are available to growers throughout Canada," says Beattie.
- University of Saskatchewan
Aaron BeattieAssistant Professor, Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chair Office
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