Evaluation for Fe, zn and beta-glucan content, malting quality and starw quality with NIR and traditional means
Grain samples (more than 450 from high input program) were screened for hectoliter weight and the promising 73 lines were selected for micro malting analysis. Ten new barley genotypes with very good malting quality have been identified as promising out of 73 advanced lines analyzed through micro-malting analysis. The support from CRP Dryland Cereals has enabled in establishing the barley malting quality analysis laboratory at ICARDA Rabat, Morocco with installation of the Phoenix micro malting system, NIR Foss and many other instruments. The experience from contract research program with IASA has helped in development of enhanced germplasm for development of barley varieties in Mexico, as well as in east Africa and south Asia with better malting quality, resistance to rusts, foliar blights, maturity duration and other agronomic traits.