Climate change: Gene discovery could ‘future-proof’ barley

Whisky producers are set to benefit from new research by Edinburgh-based scientists who have identified a gene responsible for drought resistance in barley. Climate change is having an increasingly dramatic affect on the food and drink industries, but academics at Heriot-Watt University claim to have found a way to help “future-proof” barley as weather conditions become drier. The team associated the gene HvMYB1 with drought resistance for the first time. This will potentially affect how…

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Bruichladdich plans to build on-site maltings

Rémy Cointreau-owned Bruichladdich has revealed plans to build on-site maltings at the Islay distillery in an effort to create a closed loop production process. Bruichladdich hopes to have the maltings installed at the distillery by 2023, provided planning permission is approved. As it stands, the distillery grows 42% of its barley locally. The current malting process involves transporting the Islay-grown barley to Inverness for malting. The distillery said it has to use a malting partner…

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The week in pictures

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware has teamed up with UK-based supermarket chain Asda in a partnership that will see Drinkaware ambassadors visit 100 stores across the UK. The Drinkaware ambassadors will be giving out leaflets and encouraging customers to record their drinking levels – using scratchcards and the online Drinkaware DrinkCompare Calculator. This will be the third year of the initiative, which last year saw in-store Drinkaware ambassadors engage with almost 7,000 Asda customers.

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