Mar 2015

What is gluten and why is it important?

If you’ve ever chewed a few kernels of wheat to make ‘gum,’ you’ve done a gluten test. Domestic and overseas wheat millers do a somewhat more sophisticated gluten test to determine how flour milled from different wheats will perform in a bakery. The gluten strength of different varieties has been in the news lately, and in this video, staff at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) explain what gluten is and why it’s important to buyers.

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Latest Research

Development of fully cleistogamous wheat and associated markers

This research aims to develop genotypes that could contribute to increased FHB resistance and possibly increased ergot resistance, by developing fully cleistogamous wheat and associated markers (cleistogamous refers to traits of certain plants to propagate by using non-opening, self-pollinating flowers).

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