HCS Spring 2016 Seminar Series: Developing winter-hardy malting barley for Ohio

Mar 23, 2016, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Video link 244 Kottman Hall and 121 Fisher Auditorium
Certain types of barleys are highly sought-after for the production of malt and brewing
products. These are referred to as malting barleys. Barley that meets malting quality standards
commands a premium. Malting quality is a complex trait that has a genetic basis and is greatly
influenced by environmental factors. Currently, U.S. malting barley is spring barley grown in a
corridor of North Western U.S. States and Canadian Prairie Provinces. To meet increasing demand
for high-quality malting barley and insure market stability the American Malting Barley Association
made the development of winter malting barley a key breeding target for researchers. In Ohio winter
barley of very high malting quality can be produced because environmental factors conducive for
high-quality soft red winter wheat production are also conducive for high-quality malting barley. Yet
Ohio is situated in a region that predisposes plants to winterkill if winter-hardiness is lacking. Like
malting quality winter-hardiness is a complex trait based on genetic components that are greatly
influenced by the environment. As the Stockinger research program is focused on developing an
understanding of winter-hardiness at the molecular-genetic level, development of winter-hardy
malting quality barley is a natural extension of the research program. In this seminar I will present a
historical perspective of barley cultivation in Ohio, introduce malting barley, review what we know
about winter-hardiness at the molecular-genetic level, and the show the progress my breeding
program has made towards development of high-quality malting barleys adapted to Ohio.