In January 2004 representatives of the MAGB and Banks Cargill Agriculture met at a workshop to see if a truly definitive method could be agreed for the detection of pregermination in malting barley.
All involved were experts at evaluating the different testing systems used, and they were able test a range of barleys using both the ‘official method’ and the Tetrazolium staining method. Moreover, some funding from the AHDB GSAP project enabled a photographer to be on site to take directly comparative images. Those photographs were most useful in selecting malting barley from the 2004 crop that had some signs of pregermination.
View below Tetazolium staining images with descriptors that can also be found on the Laboratory Analysis page (link).