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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Location: Plant Polymer Research

2013 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Training the ARS methodology developed for the quantitative analysis of beta-glucan.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
A new spectrometric technique for the quantitative analysis of beta-glucan was developed by ARS scientists and published in Journal of Food Composition and Analysis in 2006 and in Cereal Chemistry in 2008. The Cooperator is a commercial vendor of glucan products who would like to adopt this methodology for quality control of their food products. This will be achieved through initial analysis of some of Cooperator’s samples by ARS using this technique and by visit of Cooperator’s employee(s) at NCAUR to learn the analysis technique. Subsequently, the Cooperator will set up the required instrumentation for the analysis of beta-glucan using this technique in its own facility.

3. Progress Report:
Beta-glucan containing samples were provided by the cooperator to ARS scientists for analysis using the methods developed by ARS. Two representatives of the cooperator visited the ARS lab in Peoria, Illinois, while their samples were being tested so that they could learn how to perform the analysis. After successfully analyzing the supplied samples and demonstrating the operation of the technique, the representatives returned to their facility and set up the same instrumentation in their quality control lab.

4. Accomplishments

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