2007 is a special year, as two specific international events were organized concentrated on rye:

Nearly 120 people representing both science and industry from 18 countries attended the International ICC Conference on Rye 2007 on 11-14 March 2007 in Berlin, Germany. The congress was organised by  ICC and Institute for Cereal Processing Ltd.(IGV) and supported by the HEALTHGRAIN  EU project and the Nordic GRAINITY project. For more information and a gallery of various rye products please visit

Rye Europe 2007  was organized by  Roggenforum  in Berlin 13-14. June 2007. It was attended by about 300 rye breeders and producers, and almost 30 lectures were given. The lectures (mainly in German language) are available at

Presymposium: The 29th Nordic Cereal Congress. June 9-11 2006. Helsinki, Finland. Arranged by the Finnish Association for Cereal Scientists. Contact: Tuula Sontag-Strohm; E-mail; Fax +358.9.191.58460;

Dietary Fibre 2006. June 12-14. Multifunctional Complex of Components. Helsinki, Finland. Contact: Taina Hirvonen; fax +358.9.191.58475; E-mail;

2006 AACC Annual Meeting, September 17 - 20, The Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.

2007 AACC Annual Meeting, October 7 - 10, San Antonio Convention Center, San Antonio, TX.

European cereals network


Cereals & Europe is a fresh, informal network for individual pan-European Cereal Scientists and Technologists. It is an regional section of The American Association of Cereal Chemists AACC.


A networking project in the Nordic innovation Centre
Functional Foods Focus Area 2006-2009

The objective is to provide a scientific discussion forum to assist in development of functional whole grain, rye and oat food products.

  • to form the scientific basis for development of healthy rye and oat based foods

  • to provide shared Nordic views to substantiate nutritional and health claims of grain foods

  • to extend the Nordic collaboration in functional cereal foods to the Baltic countries

  • to disseminate about the scientific results about rye and oat

Prof. Kaisa Poutanen from VTT is coordinating the HEALTHGRAIN Integrated Project with 43 partners from 15 European countries. The aim is to produce health-promoting cereal foods and ingredients of a high eating quality. . The project will develop techologies and experties from 2005-2010 to enable the development of new healthy cereal food.

Health effects of rye bran have inspired scientists in the Nordic countries for long. In 2004 a group of institutes started up a project that aims to increase the knowledge about the health effects and to develop new concepts of processing healthy and delicious products.

Rye bran is rich in dietary fibre and bioactive phytochemicals. The scientists will study in a 3-year Nordic project the effects of rye bran on the development of prostate cancer, on diabetic response and cardiovascular risk factors.

Rye's strong and bitter flavour has been an obstacle in its route to consumer's hearts. Therefore special attention will be paid to develop new concepts for processing of rye bran to enable production of new types of ingredients and foods with improved sensory properties and bioavailability of functional fibre components and bioactive phytochemicals.

The Rye Bran for Health project is funded by the Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural Research, and it is coordinated by Dr. Afaf Kamal-Eldin from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Also VTT, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, Helsinki University and Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences will take part in the project.

Further information:
Dr Afaf Kamal-Eldin,






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Hedelin M, Klint A, Chang ET, Bellocco R, Adami H, Bälter KA, Johansson J, Andersson S, Heinonen S-M, Adlercreutz H, Grönberg H 2006. Dietary phytoestrogen, serum enterolactone and risk of prostate cancer: The cancer prostate sweden study (sweden). Cancer Causes and Control 17, 169-180.

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Brejnholt SM, Tannock GW, Moller PL, Munro K, Tetens I 2005. A rye bran diet, rich in plant lignans, has no influence on the composition of the gut microflora in postmenopausal women. Microbial Ecology in health and disease 17: 21-27.

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McCann MJ, Gill CIR, McGlynn H, Rowland IR 2005. Role of mammalian lignans in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Nutrition and Cancer 52: 1-14.

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