Rice Processing Program

Introduction

The mission of the Rice Processing Program is to conduct both basic and applied research to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current processing operations, as well as to provide fundamental information to be utilized in the development of new products and processes. The ultimate goal is to enhance the quality and value of rice and rice products. The research scope ranges from property characterization at harvest to assessment of consumer preferences of processed rice; emphasis areas include:  pre-harvest property measurement, drying, storage, milling, quality assessment, and cereal chemistry of rice and rice products.

Program personnel represent  engineering, cereal science, sensory evaluation, and plant physiology capabilities. The integrated nature of the rice industry’s research needs has necessitated our multidisciplinary, systematic approach to research.