4-7-2015

Farmers Fund Research to Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

In partnership with the Kansas Wheat Commission, Engrain is working to identify the DNA sequences that trigger a physical reaction. In fact, the Kansas Wheat Commission has committed $200,000 for the first two years of the project.

The goal is to find out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. These findings will aid in the groundbreaking development of gluten-free wheat solutions for individuals suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder.

“If you know you are producing a crop that is not tolerated well by people, then it’s the right thing to do,” said the project’s lead researcher, Chris Miller, senior director of research for Engrain. “We are hoping to be one of the first to establish this comprehensive screening of reactive proteins in wheat,” Miller said.

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