Explore new markets for sorghum

Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) scientists are pour a glass of the Chinese alcoholic drink baijiu to highlight their research to grow Australian sorghum markets.

Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) scientists pour a glass of the Chinese alcoholic drink baijiu to highlight their research to grow Australian sorghum markets.

The researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains (FGC) will host a free tasting event to mark World Baijiu Day at Charles Sturt in Wagga on Friday 9 August.

Dr Siong Tan said baijiu is popular in China, representing a third of global spirit sales.

"Baijiu is a clear spirit usually distilled from fermented sorghum that's between 40 to 60 per cent alcohol," said Dr Tan.

"Research at the Functional Grains Centre is examining the quality requirements of sorghum used for baijiu production in China.

"Australian sorghum is an important summer crop in Queensland and northern NSW, but most of the grain is used as stock feed.

"We believe there are opportunities to add real export value to the sorghum for Australian producers by understanding the science behind Chinese baijiu production."

The Grains Research and Development Corporation has invested in the five-year research project titled 'Expanding options for sorghum - food and distilling', which is value adding for the grain.

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