Importance of drying and sound storage conditions on the microbiological safety and viability of malting barley

Arja Laitila, Annika Wilhelmson, Hannu Mikkola, Raimo Kauppila, Erja Kotaviita, Juhani Olkku, Auli Haikara, Silja Home

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Abstract

Preventive actions in postharvest procedures are essential in maintaining good quality of malting barley and assuring safety along the barley to beer chain. The effects of temperature and moisture content on grain viability and fungal activity were studied in farm-scale experimental silos during long term storage in 2000 and 2001. Ambient temperature affected the storage conditions. Moisture content of 15% combined with elevated storage temperature led to the rapid grain deterioration. In the Finnish climate, barley is always dried immediately after harvesting. Improper drying and uncontrolled storage of barley may cause irreversible quality changes, and promote production of harmful microbial metabolites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFOSARE Seminar Series 5 Contaminants and Influence of Agricultural Practices
Subtitle of host publicationCD-ROM
Pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2004
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventFOSARE Seminar Series 5 Contaminants and Influence of Agricultural Practices - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 18 Mar 200419 Mar 2004

Seminar

SeminarFOSARE Seminar Series 5 Contaminants and Influence of Agricultural Practices
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period18/03/0419/03/04

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