Beta glucan degradation during post harvest maturation of malting barley with emphasis on malt quality

Authors

  • Miriam Lí­šková Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, EU, Tel.: 037 641 4779.
  • Helena Frančáková Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, EU, Tel.: 037 641 4779.
  • Ján Mareček Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia, EU, Tel.: 037 641 4779.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5219/19

Keywords:

spring barley, malt, β-glucan, post-harvest maturation

Abstract

β-glucans are natural gum polysaccharides occurring in the bran of cereal grains. Their negative effect consists in blocking enzymes entering the cells whereby they negatively influence the speed of grain degradation during process of malting. Aim of this work was to investigate to what extent post-harvest maturation influences β-glucan degradation with regard to malt quality. Results revealed that post-harvest maturation significantly influenced β-glucan degradation in malt. In barley grains that were stored six weeks after harvest, degradation of β-glucan in malt represented 99 % while using barley grains two weeks after harvest, β-glucan degradation represented only 50 %. Statistically significant was the effect of genotype on β-glucan content in grain as well as on β-glucan degradation level in malt.

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2010-06-18

How to Cite

Lí­šková, M. ., Frančáková, H. ., & Mareček, J. . (2010). Beta glucan degradation during post harvest maturation of malting barley with emphasis on malt quality. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 4(3), 36–39. https://doi.org/10.5219/19

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