August 20, 2010
For Immediate Release
Chinese Team Studies U.S. Dry Pea Quality during NCI Workshop
A nine-member Chinese team came to a two-day workshop at NCI in August to learn more about U.S. dry peas. The workshop was co-sponsored by the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC).
“China has become a significant export country for U.S. dry peas, and the market is growing due to the interest by the starch noodle industry. Vermicelli noodle manufacturers utilize dry peas and they are interested in learning about starch, protein and fiber fractions of dry pea crop,” says Mehmet Tulbek, NCI Technical Director.
“In this workshop, we educated the participants in using dry pea quality, starch and protein utilization technologies, milling, air classification and wet fractionation technologies and co-product processing,” says Mehmet Tulbek, NCI Technical Director, who coordinated the workshop.
Heading up the team was Pete Klaiber, USADPLC Director of Marketing, Moscow, ID, and Jiebei (Lucy) Dai and Vivian Ma, both with USADPLC Shanghai.
Thunyaporn Jeradechachai, NCI Crop Quality Specialist, presented the 2009 U.S. Pulse Quality Survey and led the laboratory baking sessions. Kevin McPhee, Ph.D., NDSU Pulse Breeder, discussed the NDSU pulse breeding program. Clifford Hall, Ph.D., introduced the team to the pulse utilization projects conducted at NDSU.