Monday, May 5th, 2014

What’s the future for our barley industry? A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide will hear how climate change is not just presenting challenges – it’s also providing opportunities for Australian agriculture.
 
The University of Adelaide’s Barley Program Leader, Associate Professor Jason Eglinton will describe how stunning gains have been made over the past 10 years in the amount of grain produced per millimetre of rainfall.
 
Long-term analysis shows South Australian barley productivity (in tonnes per hectare) is increasing at 4.4% a year.
 
This presentation will explore the technologies used to develop modern non-GM crops and describe how Australian barley is finding its way into Asian beers.
 
Annual barley production is now over 8 million tonnes with around 80% being exported, largely to Asian countries. The presentation will cover the development of barley varieties specifically suited to these markets and explain the different biochemical quality characteristics needed for different beer styles.
 
Associate Professor Eglinton will introduce a new barley variety that provides beer with improved foam stability, shelf life and flavour stability. 
 
The University of Adelaide has one of the world’s largest barley breeding programs with a field trial network of 100,000 test plots across Australia. Varieties from the program account for over 50% of the national annual crop. 
 
 
What:               Sustaining a better brew: A Research Tuesday lecture
 
Where:             North Terrace campus, Braggs Lecture Theatre
 
When:              Tuesday 13 May, 5:30-6:30pm
 
Cost:                Free – but registration is essential: please register online

 
Media Contacts:


Associate Professor Jason Eglinton
Barley Program Leader
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 6533

Keywords

barley industry, beer making

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