Barley genome breakthrough may lead to better beer

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  1. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    This should be an interesting dichotomy for the intersection of the farm-to-table/slow food crowd and the beer crowd.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-barley-genome-idUSBRE89G1A320121018
     
  2. iwantmorehops

    iwantmorehops Aspirant (232) Sep 25, 2010 Vermont
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    Shouldn't be much of a debate on this at all:
    "This research will streamline efforts to improve barley production through breeding for improved varieties,"


    Breeding is at least something we have been doing to plants and animals for thousands of years, the genome would just make it easier. I don't get testy until they start working animal genes into my plants.
     
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  3. dauss

    dauss Defender (651) Aug 9, 2003 Colorado
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    It's done great for tomatoes hasn't it? Extra firm so you can ship them in 25# boxes without them crushing and bruising and the elimination of "green shoulders" on the fruit. Now we can have good looking tomatoes year round and they taste like absolutely nothing.
     
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  4. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (374) Jun 14, 2011 New York
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    Totally read this as "Barley gnome breakthrough...."
     
  5. ewright

    ewright Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Just like most mass produced beers.
     
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  6. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,402) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Here in Florida, we have the Tasti-Lee tomatoes out of UF that are also selectively cross-bred and blow away the "premium tomato" in every aspect. Nothing wrong with selective breeding, it just depends on what you're breeding for.
     
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