Jaswinder Singh can hardly contain his excitement when talking about TLP8, a useful protein he discovered in barley. “It could revolutionize the brewing industry,” said the associate professor at McGill University’s plant science department.
...Singh and his research team identified 22 genes in barley that were related to the germination process.
One of those genes produces the TLP8 protein, which is expressed differently in malt versus feed varieties. It is found at three times higher levels in malt varieties like AC Metcalfe, Bentley and Morex than in feed varieties such as Cowboy, Coalition and Steptoe.