Future Research Needs for the Ancient Grains Chapter uri icon


  • 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The chapter critically assesses research and development requirements that will enable people globally to benefit from the unique attributes of ancient grains. Five key areas are reviewed: breeding and agriculture, focusing on improving environmentally sustainable agricultural productivity; quality systems, including food composition and quality data; large-scale processing quality evaluation and monitoring needs; foods and food technologies, including traditional, gluten-free, and mainstream food product development needs; bioactive compounds; and, more generally, the future of ancient grains. Crosscutting these are the role of collaborative R&D and implementation and learning from past research successes. Five R&D priorities are identified: research to clearly validate the health benefits of the ancient grains; significantly increased agricultural research to greatly expand their sustainable production; economic and food value chain research to benefit producer communities in developing countries; improving ancient grain product sensory properties and consumer acceptability; formalization of ancient grain labeling requirements to maintain and promoting product identity.

author list (cited authors)

  • Taylor, J., & Awika, J. M.

Book Title

  • Gluten-Free Ancient Grains

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM