Research Projects


Updated 02-2010

    • Refining HRY vs. harvest MC relationships as inputs to the determination of optimal harvest MC
    • Effect of nighttime air temperatures on peak HRYs of different cultivars 2009
    • Correlating chalkiness levels in rice to nighttime air temperature incidence
    • Implication of nighttime air temperature incidence on functional properties of rice
    • Characterizing quality of rice produced using alternative, “sustainable” practices (including minimum and no-till, and non-flood irrigation practices)
    • Quantifying rough rice drying rates and Equilibrium MCs  when using high temperature air
    • Evaluation of finished product quality characteristics of rice dried with high temperature air
    • Feasibility of one-pass, above-Tg drying; evaluation of milling quality and functional characteristics
    • Determination of the vaporization enthalpy of water in rough rice as a function of moisture content using a semi-theoretical method
    • Determination of the vaporization enthalpy of water in rough rice using DSC in combination with TGA
    • Measuring EMCs of rough, brown, and milled rice, as well as cereal processing products, exposed to a wide range of environments
    • Exploring the limits of low-temperature, Tg drying on drying rates/milling quality
    • Evaluating desiccant packets as a drying medium for small rice samples
    • Measuring possible differences in drying rates of hybrid vs. pureline cultivars
    • Measuring the effects of airflow rates on drying rates and EMCs
    • Developing NIR color and SLC calibrations for milled rice
    • Discriminating differences in hybrid and pureline cultivars using NIR
    • Developing NIR-based calibrations for predicting functionality of milled rice
    • Controlling laboratory rice mills based on SLC and color using an NIR probe
    • Measuring the millability of current hybrid and pureline cultivars
    • Using kernel breaking force distributions and Perten SKCS 4100 measurements as a means of rapidly predicting HRYs
    • Measuring the energy requirements of commercial rice milling systems
    • Effects of high temperature exposure and storage on milled rice quality
    • Soaking kinetics and evaluation of functional properties for hybrid vs. pure-line cultivars
    • Effect of amylose content and thickness fractionation on rough rice soaking rates
    • Establishing the effects of parboiling operational parameters on parboiled rice quality
    • Assessing scarification damage in brown rice and its impact on stability
    • Oxidation kinetics of brown rice by thermo-gravimetric analysis