Ingredients > Cereals & grains

Lupins and toxicity

05 June, 2017

While lupins have been a source of human and animal nutrition for thousands of years, they can come with a sting in the tail. So-called 'bitter lupin' varieties contain toxic alkaloids that can affect nervous, circulatory and digestive systems.


Wheat genome finally reveals its secrets

20 April, 2017

Five times larger than the human genome and more complex, the wheat genome has finally been sequenced by an international team that included UWA researchers.


Sun-smart rice varieties more productive

16 February, 2017

Australian scientists have improved rice productivity by selecting rice varieties that are better at capturing sunlight to produce grains, instead of reflecting it as heat.


Wheat farmers offset climate change impact with technology… but for how long?

13 February, 2017

Technological advances have enabled Australian wheat farmers to offset the effects of climate change in the past 25 years; however, a reduction in yield potential over that time indicates a future risk to the $5 billion industry, CSIRO research has found.


Developing drought-proof crops

20 July, 2016

In a breakthrough that could lead to the development of drought-proof crops, research led by ANU has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress.


'Foreign' food dominates diets all over the world

08 June, 2016

In Australia and New Zealand, close to 100% of our diets and agricultural systems are based on 'non-native' crops. In fact, 'foreign' crops dominate national food consumption and farming practices worldwide with nearly 70% of the crops contributing calories, fat and protein in a country's diet historically originating elsewhere.


4.5 thousand tonnes of flour recalled due to E. coli scare

07 June, 2016 by Janette Woodhouse

Huge recalls cause huge damage to brands, profitability and even viability — and 4500 million kg of flour is a huge recall.


Grains exports could rise 20% by 2030

21 April, 2016

The expanding middle class in Asia could result in an increase in Australia's wheat exports income from $5.7 billion to $7 billion by 2030.


An algae shake and a critter fritter please — ensuring there will be enough protein available to feed the world in 2050

14 April, 2016

It is estimated that by 2050 an extra 265 million tonnes of protein will be needed to feed the world's population. This means that current production levels will have to be raised by about 50%.


The politics of jasmine rice

13 April, 2016 by Grace Chua

How Thailand's bureaucratic policies and organisations affect the development of its rice economy.


Improving rice's resistance to leaf blight

05 August, 2015

In a discovery that could boost rice crop yields and lead to more disease-resistant types of rice, biologists studying bacterial leaf blight have discovered how the rice plant's immune system is triggered by the disease.


Can superfood quinoa reap super profits for Australia?

03 August, 2015

Australia's agricultural sector is looking to cash in on the quinoa trend, with a three-year national trial of the 'superfood' commencing across five Australian states.


Roll over porridge: wheat could rival oats and barley for lowering cholesterol

08 July, 2015

Wheat-based products are far more popular with consumers than oats or barley, but until now wheat could not make the 'lowers cholesterol' claim that makes the other grains attractive.


Premium fragrant rice developed for Australian conditions

10 September, 2014

A new premium rice variety has been developed for Australia. Topaz rice will be available to rice growers in October 2014.


Super spaghetti and other dietary fibre futures

28 July, 2014

Super spaghetti is just one of the items on the plate of Adelaide researchers as they develop better quality pasta with improved health benefits.


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