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Research interests

I am a Plant Scientist with particular interests in: The germination of cereals. The metabolic regulation of respiration and carbohydrate breakdown in photosynthetic tissues and cereal grains. My desire to see fundamental knowledge improve the life of individuals and economic prosperity has led me to work: On malting science to improve the selection, germination and processing of cereals On aspects of brewing and distilling to enhance the utilisation of cereal carbohydrate and protein. I have acted as a consultant to the distilling industry drawing on my experience of relevant fundamental research. I am a member of the Food and Drink Research Group within the School of Life Sciences.

Biography

My interests in plants really began to develop during my undergraduate Botany Degree at St Andrews University. However, I was always interested in how to grow turf on golf courses to produce excellent playing surfaces and I am also fascinated by the growth of trees. Education St Andrews University BSc Botany 1978. University of California, Riverside 1979. Cambridge University PhD Botany 1983 and golf Blue. Employment 1983-1986: University of Adelaide with Funding from the Austalian research Grants Committee. 1986-1989: Edinburgh University – Royal Society Pickering Research Fellowship. 1989- to-date: Heriot-Watt University, School of Life Sciences (formerly Department of Biological Sciences). My first consultancy work with the distilling industry was in 1987 and it was this background which led me in 1989 to apply to work at Heriot-Watt University where new funding from the Brewing and Distilling industries (starting in 1988) had led to the establishment of the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling. In 1998 I became a member of the Board of Examiners of the Institute and Guild of Brewing and remained on the Board as an examiner for 10 years. I was elected a Fellow of the Institute and Guild of Brewing (now Institute of Brewing and Distilling) in 2000.

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Research Output 1992 2016

Assessment of malting performance of landrace six-row Arupo S Barley adapted to grow in tropical Nigeria

Agu, R. C., Walker, J. W., Okolo, B. N., Olabanji, O. G., Okoro, P. M., Goodfellow, V. & Bryce, J. H. 2016 In : Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists. 74, 1, p. 16-23 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hordeum
Nigeria
Industry
Nitrogen
Germination

Optimizing the malting conditions of landrace six-row Arupo S barley adapted to grow in tropical Nigeria

Agu, R. C., Okolo, B. N., Okoro, P. M., Goodfellow, V. M. & Bryce, J. H. 2016 In : Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists. 74, 3, p. 206-211 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hordeum
Nigeria
Temperature
Amino Acids
Water
yeast

Effect of germination temperatures on proteolysis of the gluten-free grains rice and buckwheat during malting and mashing

Agu, R. C., Chiba, Y., Goodfellow, V., Mackinlay, J., Brosnan, J. M., Bringhurst, T. A., Jack, F. R., Harrison, B., Pearson, S. Y. & Bryce, J. H. 10 Oct 2012 In : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60, 40, p. 10147-10154 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Effect of germination temperatures on proteolysis of the gluten-free grains sorghum and millet during malting and mashing

Chiba, Y., Bryce, J. H., Goodfellow, V., Mackinlay, J., Agu, R. C., Brosnan, J. M., Bringhurst, T. A. & Harrison, B. 11 Apr 2012 In : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 60, 14, p. 3745-3753 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle