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Cereal Chem 64:191-193   |  VIEW ARTICLE

Note: Beta-Glucan in Two- and Six-Rowed Barley.

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

The content of beta-glucan in 50 six-rowed and 68 two-rowed barley varieties was measured. The content in two-rowed barley grown in southern Finland varied between 3.5 and 5.3% of dry matter. The range in two- rowed varieties grown in central Finland was 4.0-5.2%. The corresponding ranges in the six-rowed varieties grown in southern, central, and northern Finland were 2.8-4.3, 3.3-5.6, and 3.6-4.0%, respectively. The average results indicated that the two-rowed varieties are somewhat richer in beta-glucan than the six-rowed ones. The content of beta-glucan in barley varieties was dependent on characteristics of the variety, the ear type, and the conditions during growth.

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