The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

Barley genome breakthrough may lead to better beer


LONDON (REUTERS) - An international consortium of scientists has published a high resolution draft of the barley genome in a move that could not only improve yields and disease resistance but may also hold the key to better beer.

"This research will streamline efforts to improve barley production through breeding for improved varieties," said Professor Robbie Waugh, of Scotland's James Hutton Institute, who led the research.

"This could be varieties better able to withstand pests and disease, deal with adverse environmental conditions, or even provide grain better suited for beer and brewing."

Barley which has been malted is a key ingredient in brewing beer along with hops and yeast.