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Published: 13 Jun 2018

Researchers at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture discovered a new variety of malt barley which has the potential to be exported nationally for use in boutique beers and whiskeys.

The new variety, Macquarie Barley, was discovered by TIA’s Professor Meixue Zhou through a breeding program funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Associate Professor Zhou said Macquarie Barley was a suitable replacement to other types of malt barley due to its malting quality, improved disease resistance and yield.

“Hopefully this variety will be another viable cereal option for growers,” he said.

Read more about this research on the University of Tasmania’s website.