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|Trends in the incidence of Fusarium and Microdochium species in UK malting barley: impacts for malting and brewing quality.
Cook, D.J., Nielsen, L., Edwards, S.G. & Ray, R.V
In 2008, 74% of tested UK malting barley samples were infected with Fusarium spp. Reported statistics have shown that the species implicated are diversifying. Whilst due diligence monitoring indicates that mycotoxin levels in UK malting barley are below the specified safety limits, the impacts of sub-acute Fusarium infection on the malting and brewing quality of barley remain unclear. The SAFEMalt project (Strategies Against Fusarium Effective in MALTing barley) is a 3-year multi-partner research initiative spanning the malting barley supply chain from barley breeder through barley grower and merchant to brewer. The project incorporates two annual surveys of UK Spring malting barleys (2010, 2011 harvests). Real Time PCR analyses have been used to identify the main species of Fusarium and Microdocchium present in these samples.
The effects of the presence of Fusarium and Microdochium species on significant UK barley, malt and wort quality parameters (water sensitivity, friability, α-amylase, β-amylase, wort extract, FAN, β-glucan and viscosity) will be presented. .
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