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Cereal Chem 64:133-134   |  VIEW ARTICLE

Note: Pentosans in Barley Varieties.

M. Lehtonen and R. Aikasalo. Copyright 1987 by the American Association of Cereal Chemists, Inc. 

The pentosan content of 68 two-rowed and 50 six-rowed barley varieties was investigated. The varieties were grown at three different farms located in southern, central, and northern Finland. The pentosan content in the two-rowed varieties grown in southern Finland was between 6.7 and 9.8% of the dry matter, and in the six-rowed varieties between 7.3 and 10.6%. The corresponding values in the varieties grown in central Finland were 7.6-9.7% in the two-rowed varieties and 8.4-11.0% in the six-rowed ones. The pentosan content of the six-rowed varieties grown in northern Finland was 9.2-10.2%. The pentosan contents observed in the six-rowed varieties were significantly higher than in the two-rowed ones. The differences among the average pentosan contents of the varieties grown in the three locations were mainly the result of differences in varietal characteristics.

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