GN0 variety release from Oregon State featured in Artisan Spirit publication
  • 09/28/2023

GN0 variety release from Oregon State featured in Artisan Spirit publication

Increasing demand for barleys that are non-producers of glycosidic nitrile (GN) has prompted breeders to select and pursue new lines with this trait. One such success hails from the AMBA supported research program at Oregon State University, led by Dr. Pat Hayes. The new variety, Top Shelf - alluding to its aspiring future home, is the first winter type release in the U.S. that is well suited to the needs of the distilling industry as a GN non-producer. Dr. Campbell Morrissy and Scott Fisk pen, along with Dr. Hayes, an article in the latest Artisan Spirit release (Fall 2023, page 103) featuring the agronomic and malting quality potential of this new variety. Top Shelf (line DH162310) received a satisfactory rating in the 2022 Pilot Quality Evaluation Program and was included and will be evaluated in the 2023 program. Pending receipt of a second year of satisfactory rating, it will become eligible for Plant Scale Evaluation. Interested malting and distilling partners should be in touch with the Oregon State University program for the potential of a seed increase to support future evaluation. 


Top Shelf exemplifies AMBA’s purpose to meet the diverse needs of their membership through their support of breeding programs, like you’ll find at Oregon State University. Each year, AMBA redirects about half of their member dues towards their research grant program that supports the work of Dr. Hayes, and many others. 

Read Artisan Spirit magazine article highlighting Top Shelf here (page 103).