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Title: Spotlight on rice: an update from the Rice Division

item Wood, Delilah - De
item SIEBENMORGAN, TERRY - University Of Arkansas

Submitted to: Cereal Foods World
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/25/2013
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
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Citation: Wood, D.F., Siebenmorgan, T.J. 2013. Spotlight on rice: an update from the Rice Division. Cereal Foods World. 1-2. DOI: 10.1094/CPLEX-2013-0221-01S.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This short paper is a 'spotlight' on the Rice Division of the Marican Association of Cereal Chemists, International and features an update and future challenges in rice research and industry. Since rice is consumed largely as milled white rice intact kernals, size, shape, color, appearance, functionality and cooking properties are important quality characteristics that must be addressed. Quality depends on requirements of the end user so there are varying definitions of rice quality. Two of the most challenging quality issues facing the rice industry are fissuring and chalkiness of kernals which will continue to be a challenge for a number of years. Another issue facing the rice industry is the recent discover of the presence of toxic arsenic in kernals. Safe levels of arsenic need to be established and agronomic practices that reduce the presence of arsenic uptake by rice need to be established and used. The article also featured Alejandra Billiris, an AACCI member who is working in rice research at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The profile describes Alejandra's PhD research in rice post-harvest processing, her background and her goals. The article also illustrates her in a photograph taking measurements of single kernel of rice in a thermogravimetric analyzer showing how an individual kernal of rice dries over time.