Understanding the causes and control of grain skinning in malting barley

Activity: Talk, evidence or presentation typesInvited talk


The Issue:
Grain integrity is essential for maintaining the malting barley supply chain
Skinning is a physical defect, which occurs when the husk becomes detached from the underlying caryopsis. Skinning leads to …
Loss of malting efficiency and lower malt production, with costs to industry in £M’s
Variety failure, with costs to breeders’ investment in £M’s
Rejections at maltings; loss of malting premiums
Import of barley for UK domestic use

Causal Factors:
Genetic controls
Environmental influences
Weakness in the adhesion process?
Quality of the cementing layer (glue)?
Mismatch of husk and caryopsis development?
Period27 Mar 201428 Mar 2014
Event titleMonogram Network Meeting - University of Reading 27-28 March 2014
Event typeConference
LocationReading, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Barley
  • Grain Skinning
  • Crop Improvement Research Club
  • Crop Improvement
  • Crop Breeding
  • Crop Genetics
  • Phenotying
  • Cementing Layer
  • Husk
  • Cereal Varieties
  • Adhesion Layer
  • Cuticle
  • James Hutton Institute
  • Grain Quality