Glacier-cross naked barley
An independent plant breeding project is close to developing a commercially viable variety of “naked” barley and open up a new market for UK growers. In conventional barley – best used for malting and animal feed – the outer part of the plant’s flowers are glued to the grain, creating a hull that is tough for humans to digest and has to be pearled to make it palatable. A genetic mutation in domesticated barley about 8,000 years ago resulted in […]