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Cereal Science Graduate Student’s Research Paper Is Most Viewed

NDSU Cereal Science Ph.D. candidate Mihiri Mendis authored a paper that is one of the most viewed research papers on the American Association of Cereal Chemists International website. Dr. Senay Simsek was the corresponding author on the paper.
Cereal Science Graduate Student’s Research Paper Is Most Viewed

Mihiri Mendis, Cereal Science Ph.D. Candidate

NDSU Cereal Science Ph.D. candidate Mihiri Mendis authored a paper that is one of the most viewed research papers on the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) website.  Dr. Senay Simsek, Bert L. D'Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Associate Professor and Mendis's faculty advisor, was the corresponding author on the paper, titled "Variability in Arabinoxylan, Xylanase Activity, and Xylanase Inhibitor Levels in Hard Spring Wheat."  The paper was generated from Mendis's M.S. degree thesis, which she completed in August 2012, in Simsek's wheat quality program.

In her research with Simsek, Mendis investigated the presence of arabinoxylans (cell wall polysaccharides in wheat), xylanases and xylanase inhibitors in various hard red and hard white spring wheat genotypes from multiple locations. These compounds have an important role in many cereal food processing applications of wheat. Mendis’s research showed that genotype contributed 72% to the variability in one of the xylanase inhibitor’s activity, indicating that activity of this inhibitor in wheat bran is largely under genetic control. These results enable the industry to choose between different wheat varieties with varying xylanase activities to complement its intended use.

Contributing authors on the paper included researchers Jae-Bom Ohm, USDA-ARS Hard Red Spring and Durum Wheat Quality Laboratory, Jan A. Delcour and Kurt Gebruers, Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Leuven Food Science and Nutrition Research Center (LFoRCe), Belgium, and Steven Meinhardt, NDSU Plant Pathology. 

The original article was published in Cereal Chemistry, May/June 2013, Volume 90, Number 3, and can be viewed on the AACCI website at http://bit.ly/1b0dGwU.

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences - December 13, 2013
Source: Senay Simsek, 701-231-7737, senay.simsek@ndsu.edu
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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