Marcus A. Vinje, Cynthia A. Henson, Stanley H. Duke, Carl H. Simmons, Khoa Le, Evan Hall, Cory D. Hirsch. Genomics, Volume 113, Issue 5, 2021.
Vinje and co-authors present the first global transcriptomics study of micromalting in barley, using RNAseq on a North American spring 2-row cultivar Conrad. They show that the most extensive differential gene expression changes occur early in the malting regime (24-72 h). Genes involved in starch degradation demonstrated significant regulation and the study also identified several novel genes associated with this key pathway. This extensive gene expression atlas provides important baseline molecular data to help identify key genetic drivers of malting quality trait prediction.