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Researchers identify potential ryegrass allergy concerns | The Rural




Sophia Escobar Correas, scientist with Edith Cowan University, has been researching proteins in ryegrass similar to gluten.

Ryegrass is well known as a major problem weed in Australian cropping, but new evidence is showing that is potentially not the end of its nuisance value.

Research has found it may also be a damaging contaminant in gluten-free crops, such as pulses, millet, buckwheat and sorghum.

Gluten-like proteins have been identified in ryegrass varieties that could have the potential to cause adverse reactions for those with gluten intolerance or coeliac disease when mixed in with gluten-free products.

Sophia Escobar-Correas, a researcher based at Edith Cowan University and working in conjunction with CSIRO, said that while…

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