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European Food Research and Technology

, Volume 226, Issue 6, pp 1365–1371 | Cite as

Factors influencing falling number in winter wheat

  • Jinhua Wang
  • Elke PawelzikEmail author
  • Joachim Weinert
  • Qinghua Zhao
  • Gerhard A. Wolf
Original Paper

Abstract

The Hagberg falling number (HFN) is one of the most important quality characteristics of wheat. Six winter wheat cultivars from three locations in Germany were analysed to assess the factors influencing the HFN. The cultivars and locations affected significantly the HFN of all the samples. The infection with Fusarium culmorum, determined in another cultivar, also led to an increase in HFN, which suggested that the HFN method is not adequate enough for the true determination of the alpha-amylase activity of fungus-infected, wheat flour. Furthermore, there was no clear correlation between HFN and thousand-kernel weight, starch content or pentosan content. The crude protein content was positively related to the HFN, while the total dietary fibre content depended on the cultivar and location.

Keywords

Wheat Hagberg falling number Quality Fusarium culmorum 

Notes

Acknowledgments

J. W. was supported under the Law of Lower Saxony for the Promotion of Graduate Students in the Arts and Sciences (Graduiertenförderungsgesetz-GradFöG), by the International PhD Programme for Agricultural Sciences in Goettingen (IPAG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinhua Wang
    • 1
  • Elke Pawelzik
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joachim Weinert
    • 2
  • Qinghua Zhao
    • 2
  • Gerhard A. Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop Science, Section Quality of Plant ProductsGeorg-August-University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Crop Science, Section General Plant Pathology and Plant ProtectionGeorg-August-University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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