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A rapid and reliable tool for assessing the malting quality of barley using automated optical analysis

Objective

The EU malting barley industry supplies almost 50% of global malting barley requirements. The sustainability of thousands of EU SME farmers depend on the competitiveness of this industry, as is the quality of our brewing and distilling industries. Malting barley demands a premium at the farm gate but, in return, must exceed a range of malting quality (MQ) parameters laid down by the processing industries. Determination of barley MQ is a critical issue, as the accuracy of its assessment determines if the barley is suitable to be taken into the plant, influencing its price and subsequent quality of the end product. MQ is a complex character. To date its grading is largely dependent on a combination of visual appraisals of the barley and other assessments, including wet chemistry techniques, to segregate malting barley into grades of different end use value. Current assessment practices are plagued with limitations: time and labour intensive, prone to operator interpretation, etc.

This project will provide the Malting Barley chain with a novel MQ assessment tool to replace the expensive, laborious and non-objective standard analyses currently used by the sector. Novel inspection techniques will be researched (NIRS, NIT, Raman, Imaging fluorescence spectroscopy and FT-IR/PAS) to determine their potential for predicting MQ parameters. A prototype measuring instrument will be designed, developed and calibrated against existing reference methods. It will be validated for use along the malting barley chain and will provide analyses in individual and whole barley grains and in a large number of samples in order to assess the homogeneity of the incoming raw material, vital for good MQ determination, and will assist in analysing the malting process. The RTD results will raise the quality of the EU malting barley supply chain, safeguarding growth and employment in many rural economies across EU-27, and ensuring consistent quality in industries dependent on high quality malt

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 48 477,50
Administrative Contact
Digby Colm (Mr.)

Participants (13)

Associazione degli Industriali della Birra e del Malto
Italy
EU contribution
€ 161 702
Address
Viale Di Val Fiorita 90
00144 Roma
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Filippo Terzaghi (Mr.)
ELINTARVIKETEOLLISUUSLIITTO RY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 272 117
Address
Pasilankatu 2
00240 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marleena Tanhuanpää (Ms.)
FACHVERBAND DER NAHRUNGS UND GENUSSMITTELINDUSTRIE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 253 403
Address
Zaunergasse 1 3
1030 Wien
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julian Drausinger (Mr.)
ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE LAS CINCO VILLAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 182 715
Address
C/ Doctor Fleming 30
50600 Ejea De Los Caballeros
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Maria Beamonte (Ms.)
PROAGRIA KESKUSTEN LIITTO RY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 256 402
Address
Urheilutie 6
01301 Vantaa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sari Peltonen (Dr.)
PIMEC PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE C ATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 353
Address
Calle Viladomat 174
08015 Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Fran De La Torre Aspe (Mr.)
CERVESES LA GARDENIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 111 668
Address
Polig. Industrial Les Roques Roges Nau 3
43640 Alcover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ramon Ollé (Mr.)
Perä Jussi
Finland
EU contribution
€ 209 187
Address
Hassintie 35
42100 Jämsä
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jussi Perä (Mr.)
GASERA OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 193 057
Address
Tykistokatu 4
20520 Turku
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juha Pekka Kotro (Mr.)
Optomesures
France
EU contribution
€ 186 182
Address
Enceinte Serres
31590 Saint Marcel Paulel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernard Genot (Mr.)
LNL ELEKTRIK ELEKTRONIK BILISIM VEDANISMANLIK LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 113 703
Address
Odtu Teknokent Kosgeb Teknoloji Gelistirme Merkezi 402
06531 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Faysal Basci (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 27 858
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Perretti (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 36 602
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ralf Marbach (Dr.)