Common weed could spell bellyache for gluten intolerant

July 29th, 2021

Games Grade,, 28/07/2021, Jason Junior
New research has identified proteins in a common weed which could play havoc for Australian farmers growing gluten-free crops, such as millet, buckwheat and sorghum, and people suffering from gluten intolerance. The gluten-like proteins found in ryegrass could be mixing with crops commonly used as gluten-free products or wheat replacements and causing a reaction among people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance. The work, led by Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, identified the proteins in 10 cultivars of ryegrass ( Lolium species), a costly and invasive family of weeds commonly found in Australian cereal crops.

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