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A grain of the family of grasses, genus Hordeum, a food and the source of malt, which is required for producing beer, ale and whiskey. Like wheat, rye and oats, barley contains gluten.


(Hordeum) A foodstuff commonly found in breakfast cereal and soup; reports allege benefit in lowering cholesterol levels, against diabetes, and in the prevention of cancer.
Synonym(s): foxtail grass, pearl barley.

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Q. Is anyone restricted to have barley? what is the benefit of having barley and what is the best way to consume them? Is anyone restricted to have barley?

A. It grows in many parts of the world. As it is a whole grain it is good for health. It has soluble fiber and reduces blood cholesterol and glucose. It is low in fat content. No fixed way is there to eat barley as it’s used as soup thickener; it’s used in baked foods. Many breakfast foods include barley as baked breads. It is found to harm none.

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Genes for scald resistance from wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp.
Contribution de la biomasse aerienne de l'indice de recolte et de la precocite a l'epiaison au rendement grain (Hordeum vulgare L.) en zone d'altitude.
Fragen der Eignung des Pollens der Kulturgerste (Hordeum vulgare L.
Chlorophyll fluorescence as a possible tool for salinity tolerance screening in barley (Hordeum vulgare, L.).
Salinity tolerance in different cuitivars of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.).
Expression of resistance to Blumeria graminis in barley genotypes (Hordeum vulgare L.) under field and controlled conditions.
Six plant species were tested including barley (Hordeum vulgare), Jerry oats (Avena sativa), rye (Secale cereale), wheat (Triticum aestivum), perennial ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), and ReGreen (wheat x wheatgrass hybrid (Triticum aestivum x Thinopyrum intermedium).
Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is a major staple food in many regions of world.
The unitags were aligned by BLASTn with expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from nine public databases, comprising sugarcane ESTs from NCBI (, and grass ESTs (Poaceae family) from Gene Index (http://, including Saccharum officinarum (SoGI 3.0), Sorghum bicolor (SbGI 9.0), Zea mays (ZmGI 19.0), Oryza sativa (OsGI 18.0), Panicum virgatum (PaviGI 1.0), Triticum aestivum (TaGI 12.0), Hordeum vulgare (HvGI 11.0), and Festuca arundinacea (FaGI 3.0).