Cereals-biology, pre-and post-harvest management

Yizhong Cai, Harold Corke

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Cereals are the most important crops in the world. They dominate world agricultural production since they directly or indirectly provide a large proportion of the human sustenance. About half of the plowed land in the world is used for growing the principal cereals. Cereal grains commonly contain 60-70% starch and 7-14% protein. They are the most important source of carbohydrates for humans and domestic animals, and also provide a substantial proportion of protein. Cereals are the staple foods for many people everywhere on the globe, particularly in the developing countries, because they are a relatively cheap source of calories and protein compared to meat.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering - 4 Volume Set
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781466507876
ISBN (Print)9780849398476
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


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