New oat variety helps reduce cholesterol

Researchers from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) have created a new oat variety with high yield and increased beta glucan content.

The new Kowari variety is of a dwarf-type, with an increased content of beta-glucan compared to other varieties. Beta glucans are natural sugar compounds that help reduce reabsorption of cholesterol in blood. Compared to other oat varieties available on the market, in addition to the increased yield, the new variety is also distinguished by its increased resistance to diseases.

The Kowari variety is developed within the SARDI National Oats Breeding Program. As a result of the implementation of this program, most of the oat varieties on the Australian market have been created. Seeds of the newly developed Kowari variety are expected to be on the Australian market by next year.

Source: Crop Biotech Update

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