Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Grain Quality in Oil and Cereal Crops

  • Déborah P. Rondanini
  • Lucas Borrás
  • Roxana Savin
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_108

Definition of the Subject

Grain quality is frequently regarded by agronomists and breeders to be as important as yield. Quality characteristics are the reason why only few plant species are used to satisfy most human requirements for food and fiber [1]. Grain quality comprises a group of characteristics that collectively determine the usefulness of the harvested grains for a particular end use. Therefore, to breed and manage grain crops to achieve a specific quality standard and to be able to predict the quality of a particular crop in a particular growing environment is rather important. Achieving this objective is dependent upon the knowledge of the factors modifying grain composition, and consequently grain quality.

As grain markets have become more specialized, there is a growing pressure on farmers to produce grains with greater uniformity and with certain characteristics [2]. Appropriate husbandry to obtain grains with high and stable “quality” will likely be of increasing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Déborah P. Rondanini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lucas Borrás
    • 2
    • 3
  • Roxana Savin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Crop ProductionUniversity of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.CONICET, National Council of Scientific and Technical ResearchBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Departamento de Producción VegetalUniversidad Nacional de RosarioZavallaArgentina
  4. 4.Department of Crop and Forest SciencesUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain