‘GREEN’ Grain Project collaborative supply-chain research
2005 > 2010
Find the best wheat varieties for Scotch whisky production while reducing energy use and emission of Nitrogen.
The project studied the genetics, physiology and agronomy of wheat to produce a new wheat type with a high energy grain suited to both distilling and livestock feeding with low Nitrogen fertilizer requirements.
Scotch Whisky Research Institute
Scottish crop research institute
Green Spirit Fuels
Grampian Country Foods
- It is possible to use currently available wheat varieties, with no toned for novel developments, to produce a variety needing 40% less Nitrogen application.
- A reduction in fertiliser use limits the potential for run-off into water courses and high nitrate levels in groundwater. This would result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 33%. This represents the large amounts of energy required to make and transport fertilisers which make a significant contribution to the carbon footprint of the wheat supply chain.
- The benefits would be financial as well as environmental, with improved alcohol yields and lower input costs.