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  • Montana State Barley Research Extends To Brewing Quality With New License

    Reagan Cotton|Mar 13, 2024

    BOZEMAN – Thanks to a new license, barley research at Montana State University is set to extend beyond breeding and malting to the science behind brewing. In November, the Montana Board of Regents cleared MSU to apply for an academic brewer license. Similar to the licensure used by commercial breweries, the license allows researchers in MSU's Barley, Malt and Brewing Quality Lab to brew small amounts of beer as part of their research, identifying beneficial traits in new barley lines and e...

  • Montana State Plant Science Research Explores Protein Distribution In Barley

    Reagan Cotton|Nov 1, 2023

    Bozeman – Protein content in wheat and barley crops can influence everything from the plant’s effectiveness as livestock feed to the clarity of beer brewed with the crops. Research in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking to identify exactly which plant enzymes control this critical crop value. Andreas Fischer, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology professor, is using recent funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to fill what he calls a foundational gap in...

  • Montana State Ecologist To Examine Response Of Grassland Forage To Climate Variability

    Reagan Cotton|Jul 19, 2023

    Bozeman – For agricultural producers around the state, forage plants are a key element of cattle grazing as well as helping maintain soil nutrition, preventing erosion and providing a food source for wildlife. Now, funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, will let a Montana State University scientist begin exploring how those crops respond to changes in water availability. Andrew Felton, College of Agriculture's Department of Land R...