17 May 1996

Its a record for timothy grass seed

NEW industrial markets for cereal starches are highlighted in a recent Home-Grown Cereals Authority report.

A collaborative study under the LINK Crops for Industrial Use programme states that 25% of UK starch sourced from maize, potatoes and wheat is used in industry.

Paper and cardboard are the biggest markets. Those, together with surfactants, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals provide the greatest development potential, it says. Detergents offer the largest single new market.

The report highlights the need for further research to assess the importance of climate, location and crop management on starch production. New sources like oats and quinoa also need examining.

The study was funded jointly by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Scottish Office, the Potato Marketing Board and the HGCA.