Cereal Biotechnology

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781855734982
eBook ISBN: 9781855736276
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 26th July 2000
Page Count: 264
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Genetic modification is one of the most important and controversial issues facing the food industry – nowhere more so than in cereal production and processing. Cereals provide the cornerstone of the world's diet, of which 50% comes from wheat, maize and rice.

This major work explains the techniques involved and their enormous potential for food producers and consumers, from cereal breeding to milling, baking and brewing. It also explains how this new technology is regulated, the methods for assessing its potential risks, and the ways that cereal biotechnology can add value, from weed control and disease resistance to improved nutritional properties, processing functionality and product quality in food processing.

Much has been written on this significant issue, but until now there has been no guide for both those on the academic side and those working in the industry itself. By examining both sides of the coin, this book bridges the gap between these groups, giving each a greater awareness of the other's role, a more rounded picture of the business and an increased understanding of all the issues at stake.

Cereal Biotechnology is an authoritative reference for food processors on a key new technology, an essential guide for biotechnologists on the range of commercial applications within cereals processing, and a vital contribution to the debate for all those concerned with genetic modification in food processing.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive account of the theory and practice of cereal biotechnology
  • A detailed explanation of product development, specific applications and current regulation
  • An analysis of the potential added value benefit for both producers and consumers


Plant molecular biologists and those in the cereal processing industries

Table of Contents

Genetic transformation of wheat and barley; Genetic transformation of rice and maize; Product development in cereal biotechnology; Using biotechnology to add value to cereals; Molecular biological tools in cereal breeding; Risk assessment and legislative issues; Current practice in milling and baking; Current practice in malting, brewing and distilling.


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A valuable source for all those who want to get a deeper insight into this progressive field., Acta Alimentaria
A well-written book …a desirable addition to the library of food technologists., Food Australia