Brought to you by the OSU Barley project – a team of barley enthusiasts dedicated to generating fundamental knowledge about barley, applying the knowledge to stimulate economic development through the release of novel barley varieties, sharing barley genetic resources, and encouraging barley use and consumption.

The 23rd North American Barley Research Workshop and 43rd Barley Improvement Conference is pleased to announce is scheduled for September 22-24, 2022 at UC-Davis, California. Learn more here:


The Romp of Otters

Maris Otter is a renowned winter malting barley variety. For many brewers and beer drinkers, the variety evokes flavor, ambiance and tradition. We've been trying to understand what makes The Otter swim, using every tool in the book: genotyping, malting, brewing, sensory, and metabolomics.   To read more on this research - and to think about the creation of a modern heirloom, be it an Oregon Otter or a Maris Beaver, click here!

Is the future of barley naked?

Naked (aka hull-less) barley is the result of a natural mutation that was selected ~ 8,000 years ago.  Follow this link for more information on the potential of naked multi-use barleys.

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