Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 269–275 | Cite as

High relative humidity affects vitreousness of durum wheat [Triticum turgidum L. var. durum (Desf)]

  • K. Sandhu
  • F. A. MantheyEmail author
  • E. M. Elias


Vitreousness is an important quality characteristic that affects the yield of semolina during milling of durum wheat. It has been observed that kernel vitreousness seems to be lower when durum is exposed to damp conditions just before harvest. The main objective of this research was to determine the effect of high relative humidity (RH) on kernel vitreousness of ten durum wheat cultivars. Spikes were exposed to 88% RH at room temperature for 1 and 3 days. This resulted in increased spike moisture, kernel moisture and kernel size. Vitreous kernel content (vitreousness) decreased 23.6% after spikes were exposed to high relative humidity for 3 days. Exposure to 88% RH caused the greatest decline in vitreousness with the cultivar ‘Ben’.


durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var. durumvitreousness relative humidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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