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June 29, 2020

Cereals & Grains Association names research paper by UA doctoral student, Division of

By Robby Edwards, Director of Communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

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  • Industry association names student-authored research paper “editor’s pick”
  • Paper co-authored by Division of Agriculture research, extension faculty
  • Research examines use of broken rice kernels in instant rice products

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A paper written by a doctoral student and faculty of the department of food science in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences has been named an “editor's pick” by the Cereals & Grains Association.

EDITOR'S PICK — Rebecca Bruce co-authored a research paper with Division of Agriculture faculty that was named "editor's pick" by the Cereals & Grains Association. Bruce was named Bumpers College's Distinguished Master's Scholar in 2018 and has earned a Doctoral Academy Fellowship from the U of A Graduate School and International Education while completing degrees in food science. (Photo submitted)

The paper, “Physicochemical and Functional Properties of Medium-Sized Broken Rice Kernels and Their Potential in Instant Rice Production,” was written by doctoral student Rebecca Bruce, associate professor of food processing and post-harvest system engineering Griffiths Atungulu, and associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering Sammy Sadaka.

Atungulu is on the teaching faculty of Bumpers College and the research faculty of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the Division of Agriculture. Sadaka is an extension engineer with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the teaching and outreach arm of the Division of Agriculture.

The study found the use of broken rice kernels for production of instant rice is feasible and can reduce the cost of raw materials, and improve cooked rice sensory characteristics. The authors recommend consumer sensory studies be conducted to determine product acceptability. The research provides information on the enhancement of the value of broken rice as a commodity through novel applications. It also provides science‐based information on characteristics of medium‐sized broken rice, which is useful in new product development.

The paper was one of two papers selected by Cereal Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Les Copeland for his June editor's picks, saying the research “describes a means to enhance the value of broken rice. The description of the characteristics of medium-sized broken rice will be useful for new product development.”

Bruce, who has created her own foundation in Ghana, earned a Doctoral Academy Fellowship from the U of A Graduate School and International Education. She was named Bumpers College's Distinguished Master's Scholar as well as the department's outstanding M.S. student in 2019. Bruce has won multiple awards at presentations and conferences, and is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Atungulu is Bruce's primary advisor and Sadaka is on her dissertation committee.

Cereal Chemistry is an international journal of scientific papers reporting significant and recent research in areas of genetics, composition, processing and utilization of grains, including barley, maize, millet, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, triticale, wheat, pulses, oilseeds and specialty crops.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.

 

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
(479) 575-5647
fmiller@uark.edu

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