The Oat Crop

Production and Utilization

  • Robert W. Welch

Part of the World Crop Series book series (WOCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Richard J. Moore-Colyer
    Pages 1-33
  3. Linwood A. Hoffman
    Pages 34-61
  4. Noel R. Baker
    Pages 62-87
  5. Ethel M. White
    Pages 88-119
  6. J. Mike Leggett, Hugh Thomas
    Pages 120-149
  7. Deon D. Stuthman
    Pages 150-176
  8. JanBert Brouwer, Raymond G. Flood
    Pages 177-222
  9. Robert A. Forsberg, Dale L. Reeves
    Pages 223-251
  10. Brian C. Clifford
    Pages 252-278
  11. Robert W. Welch
    Pages 279-320
  12. Derek Cuddeford
    Pages 321-368
  13. W. Ganßmann, K. Vorwerck
    Pages 369-408
  14. Gur S. Ranhotra, Janette A. Gelroth
    Pages 409-432
  15. Robert W. Welch
    Pages 433-479
  16. Y. Pomeranz
    Pages 480-503
  17. John Valentine
    Pages 504-532
  18. Vernon D. Burrows, Illimar Altosaar
    Pages 533-560
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 561-584

About this book


Dr Samuel Johnson, that famous eighteenth century lexicographer, said of oats 'A grain which in England is generally given to horses but in Scotland supports the people'. And presumably it was a Scotsman who riposted 'But what people and what horses!' That exchange encapsulates much of the history and role of oats - a cereal, once important as human food in parts of northern Europe but latterly used mainly as animal feed, especially favoured for horses. Although no longer a major food anywhere, oats still have a special and favoured niche in the cuisine of people living in the cooler and wetter regions of some parts of northern Europe. However, there is currently a resurgence of interest in the crop, because there is now considerable scientific evidence to support the view of Scotsmen who never doubted its dietary value. This book - very much an international effort, carefully orchestrated by Robert Welch - traces the origin, history and scientific progress which forms a sound basis for any further crop improvement and for broadening the utilization and marketing of oat products. Should rational consider­ ations lead to an increase in the importance of this cereal, I, for one, would be glad since I believe the rural landscape is the poorer for the increased rarity of golden fields of rippling oats which I used to be involved in harvesting.


biotechnology botanics breeding evolution genetics physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Welch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Ulster at JordanstownNewtownabbeyNorthern Ireland, UK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4010-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0015-1
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