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Innovation in the production of rice

Posted 16 of May, 2012

Chile produces approximately 40 percent of the rice necessary for domestic consumption today, requiring the country to import the rest to guarantee a sufficient supply. Yet the need for these imports could soon change thanks to an innovative project, developed by the department of food science and technology at the University of Santiago (USACH), that would increase production of rice in Chile by 10 percent without affecting the total area planted.

To accomplish this researchers used rice byproducts as raw materials, a methodology which also makes the crop more profitable. Using a twin screw extruder with a specially-designed matrix, the researchers rely on a specific extrusion process to obtain the reconfigured rice, which is characteristically similar to the commonly-used polished-peeled rice.

Although the extrusion technique is frequently used in the food industry, there is no technology in Chile or in the world that compares to the technology developed by USACH for this project. This technology is the only one capable of reconfiguring the rice grains using the  byproducts of the polished-peeled rice.

Moreover, the product is successful from an economic standpoint, as it can be produced at the same cost of normal rice. It’s also a success from a technical standpoint, as the final grain of rice obtained is physically, chemically, micobiologically, organoleptically and culinarily similar to the normal rice grain.

  • Lusr20

    Y por qué esto es biotecnología? Cuál es la parte biotecnológica del proceso? Tiene resistencia a algún herbicida o insecticida?
    Muchas gracias.

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