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Cereal Grains

Assessing and Managing Quality

Cereal grains are essential to our dietary needs, as well as for animal feeding and for industrial processing. Consumer needs can only be met by managing quality at all stages of the grain chain. Quality evaluation is also needed at each step for effective management. Cereal grains: assessing and managing quality provides a convenient and comprehensive overview of academic research and industry best practice in these areas.

After an initial chapter introducing the themes of the book, further chapters in Part one review cereal grain morphology and composition and the diversity of uses of cereal grains. Chapters in Part two convey the characteristics and quality requirements of particular cereals, including wheat, rye, corn and rice. The use of analytical methods at different stages of the value-addition chain is the subject of Part three. The final section in the book reviews factors affecting grain quality such as breeding, storage and grain processing, and also possible future developments.

With its expert team of editors and authors, Cereal grains: assessing and managing quality is a valuable reference for all those involved in the production and processing of cereal grains worldwide.

All those involved in the production and processing of cereal grains worldwide

Hardbound, 552 Pages

Published: May 2010

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-563-7


  • …a volume which is almost encyclopaedic in its coverage., Food Science and Technology
    …a convenient but also comprehensive overview including academic research and best industrial practice in this special area of food science, Advances in Food Sciences
    ..an excellent reference which can be warmly recommended to all those involved in the production and processing of cereal grains worldwide, Advances in Food Sciences


  • Part 1 Cereal grain quality: An introduction: An introduction to the cereal grains: Major providers for mankind’s food needs; Cereal-grain morphology and composition; The diversity of uses for cereal grains. Part 2 Characteristics and quality requirements of specific cereals: Wheat: Characteristics and quality requirements; Rye and triticale: Characteristics and quality requirements; Barley: Characteristics and quality requirements; Oats: Characteristics and quality requirements; Corn: Characteristics and quality requirements; Rice: Characteristics and quality requirements; Sorghum and millets: Characteristics and quality requirements. Part 3 Grain quality analysis: Analysis of grain quality at receival; Identification of grain variety and quality type; Food safety aspects of grain and cereal product quality. Part 4 Grain quality management: Breeding for grain-quality traits; The effects of growth environment and agronomy on grain quality; Maintaining grain quality during storage and transport; Processing wheat to optimise product quality; Grain quality: The consumer, the scientist, the technologist and the future. Part 5 Appendices: Composition of grains and grain products; Equivalence between metric and US units for the grain industry.


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