Science in the CENTRE – Piešťany: There is no wheat like wheat

07. 04. 2015

PozvánkaThe National Agricultural and Food Centre - Plant Production Research Institute in Piešťany in cooperation with the National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society at the SCSTI SR in Bratislava, which is directly managed by The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, invites you to the first lecture in this year, within the series of meetings with personalities of science and technology by coffee, entitled "Science in the CENTRE". It will be held in Art Jazz Gallery Kursalon Piešťany on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 at 05:00 PM.

There is no wheat like wheat - is the title of the April Science in the CENTRE in Piešťany, the guest will be Ing. Ľubomír Rückschloss, from The Research and Breeding Station (RBS) at Vígľaš - Pstruša, a longtime breeder of wheat, an expert on scientific breeding programs of this agricultural plant and creator of many interesting varieties of wheat with non-traditional health-beneficial properties.

Wheat is one of the most widespread agricultural plant in Slovakia and abroad. The beginnings of its production are associated with the development of agriculture and also with higher quality meals. Bread and wheat products has become an essential part of our meal habits and until recently, they covered 35% of the energy consumption of the population, 56% of the consumption of carbohydrates, 35% of the consumption of protein and 10% of the consumption of fat.

Rolls for breakfast and also for pupils as a snack, for lunch pasta or, for example, traditional steamed buns, for dinner also something fast “made from bread" ... Even in 1990, one person in Slovakia consume annually approximately 116 kg of cereals in the form of flour. In 2014, it was already 30% less. This is because of today's modern trend rational diet, which proclaims to deny bread because it causes that you may put on weight, as well as many other negative half-truths that are on this "gift from God" often spread by unverified sources. In fact, “There is no wheat like wheat”!

Nowadays, the wheat is not only full of starch, but it also contains a high portion of dietary fiber and its components, such as resistant starch, or beta-glucans, which protect us against lifestyle diseases. The grain also contains natural dyes, vitamins and minerals, which hold our body in the form, especially nowadays, in the time of stress and hectic. Wheat is cultivated, so it has added value represented by the high content of biologically-active substances with health-beneficial effects on the human body and because we need to be its cultivation profitable for the grower, without any unnecessary entries in the form of fertilizers and sprays.

By the cup of coffee, you will learn all about traditional and non-traditional wheat, about that breeding is a long-distance running, but it brings benefit to the consumer, about the rainbow wheat, about durum wheat and spelt wheat, about the benefits of wheat for our body, but also about that can be harmful for people with allergies. Do you know that the wheat is also subject to modern trends and nowadays it can be purple or blue and without genetic modification? We introduce you spelt wheat and its similarities and differences with the classic wheat, and we will also talk about what is gluten and why it is harmful for some people. You will get more information about this traditional agricultural plant of our fields and you will also taste some of the non-traditional products based on the "iconic" wheat.

Science in the CENTRE is addressed to the general public and this event has free entry.

Contact for Media - SCSTI SR:

Mgr. Monika Vozárová; 02/69253 161;

Contact for the responsible person: The National Agricultural and Food Centre - Plant Production Research Institute in Piešťany

RNDr. Michaela Havrlentová, PhD.,, 033/7722 kl. 124, 125,121

Published by: JN

Translated by: LŠ