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2019 Cereals & Grains Association Scientific Advisory Panel Report

Kim Koch, Northern Crops Institute, North Dakota State University
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

The Cereals & Grains Association Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), presented its findings to the Cereals & Grains Association Board of Directors from its most recent study on the scientific issues/trends of most relevance to Cereals & Grains Association members. The analysis was conducted on more than 150 consolidated entries. Most of the entries are the result of a survey of the membership fielded by the SAP in 2018. The issues/trends are prioritized according to ratings by SAP members on societal relevance, quality of existing science, and amount of existing science, with societal relevance the primary criteria.

2019 SAP Recommended List of Priorities for Cereals & Grains Association:

Support of Cereal Science

  • Need for young people entering our field (cereals and grains science), training new scientists/technicians in cereal science to meet future challenges facing the cereals and grains industry
  • Novel approaches in funding for food and cereal and grain science research and education  


  • Understanding consumer perception of grains and educating the general public and media on benefits of grains in a healthy, sustainable diet
  • Changing environment in the food industry 

Health and Nutrition Benefits of Cereals and Grains

  • Documenting and understanding the health benefits of cereal dietary fiber and individual dietary fiber constituents
  • Specific benefits of grain based foods in gut health, diabetes and obesity, with a focus on the gut microbiome
  • Proteins, beyond nutrition (structure-functionality)

Grain Production/Grain Processing

  • Advances in breeding techniques
  • CRISPR technology - How does it work; how is/can it be used to improve grain sustainability/quality?
  • Microbiological control of milled cereal grains
  • Concerns with herbicides


  • Potential impact of climate change on cereal and grains production
  • Waste exploitation (use) and reduction (possible elimination)


  • Analytical advances out running the pace of the AACC method process - Continued need for "rapid" methods
  • Sprouted grains, non-wheat cereals, pseudcereals, pulses

The SAP has worked diligently to provide the membership with these findings. Cereals & Grains Association Committees are encouraged to utilize this information and details from the full report (available upon request, contact Cereals & Grains Association here) in their planning.

Scientific Advisory Panel Members:

Chair: Kim B. Koch, Northern Crops Institute
Member: Jayne E. Bock, Wheat Marketing Center
Member: Wu Ge, PhD, Mondelez International
Member: Yonghui Li, Kansas State University
Member: Alessandra Marti, DeFENS University of Milan
Member: Baninder S. Sroan, Nestle R&D
Member: Maarten Van Oort, Mauri Technology B.V.
Member: Goeran Walther, General Mills
Board Liaison, Ex-Officio: Christophe M. Courtin, KU Leuven
Ex-Officio: Sean M. Finnie, Bay State Milling
Ex-Officio: Jennifer S. Robinson, Bay State Milling Company