Amylase activity test

by Emily Wilson
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When wet weather prevails at harvest, wheat is subject to sprout damage. Amylase activity is increased in sprouted wheat, resulting in potential quality issues for the flour mill and bakery. Traditional tests for sprout damage, such as Emilograph and Falling Number*, utilize physical tests to measure amylase activity. The WheatRite test, distributed by Vicam L.P., Watertown, Massachusetts, U.S., uses lateral flow technology to detect amylase activity. Results are given in traditional Falling Number values. The simplicity and speed of WheatRite facilitates testing in the field, processing plant or mill. The test takes less than 10 minutes and requires no special skills. Results are obtained by visual comparison or optical card reader. With its long shelf life and versatility, no other test compares to WheatRite for cleanliness, ease and economy.

*Falling Number is a registered trademark of Perten Instruments AB.