Influence of sulphur application on hordein composition and malting quality of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) in northern European growing conditions

Ulla R.M. Holopainen, Ari Rajala, Lauri Jauhiainen, Annika Wilhelmson, Silja Home, Raimo Kauppila, Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio

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The influence of sulphur (S) application on yield formation, hordein composition and malting quality of 2-rowed spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) was studied in Nordic conditions for the first time. In a greenhouse experiment, S deficiency was indicated when 10 mg S/kg soil or less was available, by an increase in the malate:sulphate ratio in leaves. The contents of aspartic acid and cystine in grains increased and decreased, respectively. Also a substantial decrease of total hordein and the proportion of B hordein, and an increase in the proportion of C hordein were associated with S deficiency. The effect of S was further assessed in field experiments by applying N and S in four different combinations prior to sowing. No apparent S deficiency occurred in the field conditions based on the malate:sulphate and grain N:S ratio. However, in a site where the grain S content was slightly but significantly increased by S application, a change in hordein composition and malting quality was observed. Thus even in S-sufficient conditions, the end use quality of malting barley may be affected by S application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • Barley
  • Malting quality
  • Nitrogen
  • Sulphur

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