Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat: “A lot of times, when there are issues that are important to us, the other side is very politically active. They’re there, they’re protesting and they’re making their voices heard. We need to make our voices heard as well.” – Fairfield, Wash., wheat farmer Marci Green, upon receiving an Excellence in Agriculture award Feb. 5. 2020.
UK Scientists Identify High Fiber Wheat Genes. “Farming UK” reported recently that an international group of scientists led by Rothamsted Research and the John Innes Centre have opened the door to high fiber white flour with as much as twice the fiber of traditional white flour. By looking for sections of genetic code shared by plants with the high fiber trait, the team homed in on the likely spots where high fiber genes reside. The researchers are hopeful high fiber wheat varieties can be commercially available within five years now that breeders have a new tool with which to screen wheat lines. Read more here.
Space Cookies! Recently, a batch of chocolate chip cookies (or biscuits) — the first food ever baked in space — returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. The cookies started out from the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel chain as Earth-made dough, which launched to the International Space Station along with the Zero G oven (the first oven designed to work in space) in November 2019. The recipe for space cookies: bake at 325°F (167°C) for 130 minutes! Read and see more here.
Grains Important in Infant Diets. Sosland Publishing recently reported on a new study published in Nutrients, a peer-reviewed medical journal of human nutrition, highlights the importance of grains as part of a healthy infant diet — and the potential risks of excluding them. “This study is the first to examine grain consumption patterns among U.S. infants … and clearly provides evidence for what organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC, have been suggesting for decades: grains support the backbone of a healthy infant diet,” said study author Yanni Papanikolaou, of Nutritional Strategies Inc. Read the study in Nutrients can be found here.
IGP Institute Milling Courses. The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has announced a series of milling courses in its upcoming summer schedule, including two Buhler-KSU Executive Milling courses (one in English and on in Spanish), as well as a IAOM-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling course. Click here to register and for more information on these courses.
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