Barley breeding

The University of Adelaide has a proud tradition in barley breeding and the commercialisation of new varieties.

The barley breeding team at the Waite campus generates approximately 25,000 potential new barley varieties every year, and each variety is tested and evaluated by the team. On average, one variety is released to the market every 12 month, with each new barley product taking 10-12 years to develop.

Every year over the past decade, the Barley Breeding Program has managed to deliver farmers productivity gains of between 2-3% thanks to the new varieties they have developed.

The Barley Breeding Program also boasts some of the world’s major brewing companies among its customers, with new barley products leading to increased beer shelf life, improved foam retention and improved taste.

Related links
Adelaidean story
Jason Eglinton – staff profile
Barley Breeding Program


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