Alberta Barley

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University of Alberta’s Cereal Protein and Cellulose Program (CP)2 chair for value-added barley and other crops

Project lead:
Dr. Lingyun Chen
Cereal Research Chair
University of Alberta

Timeline: October 2012 – September 2017


  • Alberta Barley
  • University of Alberta
  • Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund
  • Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Alberta Barley funding: $300,000
Total funding from other partners: $700,000

This project provides financial support to the (CP)2 chair position at the University of Alberta. The research adds value to Alberta’s crop production through development of new products, new uses and new technologies for proteins and cellulose from cereals.

Recent updates:
The program has been collaboratively working with NAIT, the Food Processing Development Centre, and industry to develop food products that utilize and showcase fractionated barley ingredients. This work has lead to the development of innovative donuts, muffins, cakes, and frozen desserts, which will be commercialized by industry partners. Industry integration is a priority for the program in terms of increasing barley utilization, supply chain development, and market utilization. Through our industry partners our focus on increasing barley utilization, and adding value to the crop for the purpose of making the ingredients globally competitive.

Benefits for farmers:
The program will create new, diversified commercialization opportunities for barley grain to generate revenue return for barley farmers.