AMBA invests in barley research through their annual grant program
  • 06/29/2023

AMBA invests in barley research through their annual grant program

The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) research grant program is directed at meeting its mission to encourage and support an adequate supply of high quality malting barley for the malting, brewing, distilling, and food industries and to increase our understanding of malting barley. AMBA’s direct investment, supported by member dues, augments state and federal funds allocated for barley research.


The core of AMBA’s research program is applied barley breeding and related support programs, including basic research. Other support is provided for research projects on diseases, insect pests, variety evaluation, production, management, and malting quality. Significant progress has been realized in the improvement of malting barley varieties as a result of the collaborative efforts of state and federal research facilities and industry partners. At the same time, there is always the need for new varieties that reduce the risk to the grower, provide improved quality characteristics to the end-user, and remain competitive with other crop options.


AMBA is proud to announce the newly awarded slate of projects, which features some new collaborators and provides continued support for many of the public barley breeders. You can read more about the AMBA research grant program at their website.  


MEMBERS ONLY: You can review the full list of grant proposals here


  • Brian Steffenson - University of Minnesota: Investigations on barley diseases and their control and development of two-rowed malting barley germplasm with low temperature tolerance
  • Brook Wilke, James DeDecker, Monica Jean - Michigan State University: Improving resilience of U.S. barley production through winter barley in the Great Lakes Region
  • Do Mornhinweg - USDA-ARS, Stillwater: Aphid-resistant malting barley germplasm enhancement and evaluation
  • Eric Stockinger - Ohio State University, Wooster: Winter growth habit recombinant inbred line populations for breeding winter-hardy, lodging-resistant malting barley – developing and crossing advanced selections
  • Heather Darby - University of Vermont: Northeast malting barley evaluation and production
  • Isabel Alicia del Blanco, Jorge Dubcovsky, Allison Krill-Brown - UC-Davis: Development of two-row spring malting barley 
  • Jamie Sherman, Hannah Estabrooks, Greg Lutgen - Montana State University: Barley breeding for Montana: Ensuring a stable malt supply with new traits to improve quality
  • Jared Spackman - University of Idaho: Spring malt barley varieties’ response to Sulfur, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Nitrogen fertilizer
  • Jason Walling - USDA-ARS CCRU, Madison: Study of the malting quality of new barley selections
  • Jerry Clark - University of Wisconsin: Sustainable western Wisconsin malting barley production 
  • Katherine Frels - University of Nebraska: Winter-hardy 2-row malting barley cultivar development for the great plains
  • Kevin Smith - University of Minnesota: Two-row barley improvement — University of Minnesota
  • Nicholas Santantonio - Virginia Tech: Development of two-row winter malt barley cultivars for the eastern U.S.
  • Pat Hayes - Oregon State University: Optimizing malting quality, disease resistance, and low temperature tolerance via accelerated development of two-row winter and facultative malting barley varieties 
  • Rich Horsley - North Dakota State University: Breeding and genetics of two-rowed malting barley
  • Robert Brueggeman - Washington State University: Developing two-row malting varieties for the Pacific Northwest
  • Ruth Dill-Macky - University of Minnesota: Management and epidemiology of barley diseases
  • Sarah Whitcomb - USDA-ARS CCRU, Madison: Metabolomic fingerprints to discriminate malts for brewing and maltsters
  • Tom Baldwin - North Dakota State University: Management and innovative research on economically important barley diseases 
  • Zhao Jin - North Dakota State University: Uncover key cell-wall hydrolases involved in the solubilization and degradation of Arabinoxylans in malt to provide markers for malting barley breeding
  • Zhaohui Liu - North Dakota State University: Validating the expression of Bacterial Leaf Streak susceptibility genes in barley using qPCR and bacterial mutants