The Grains Australia Malting and Brewing Industry Barley Technical Committee (MBIBTC) met recently to carry out final assessment of the remaining varieties that were under evaluation in Stage Two of the malt accreditation program for 2023. 

Grains Australia is pleased to announce the successful malting barley accreditation of the barley variety, Zena CL. 


Zena CL Accreditation 

Zena CL was submitted by InterGrain and was accredited as Malting Barley following evaluation by the MBIBTC, under the Grains Australia malting barley accreditation program. 

Zena CL is an imidazolinone tolerant, medium/high fermentability barley variety and is suited to medium-high rainfall barley growing environments across Australia. Growers seeking Zena CL seed are encouraged to contact InterGrain. More information about the variety is also available on the InterGrain website. 

As with all previous accreditations, the market will determine the success of this new variety. Grains Australia’s accreditation program is recognised as the required standard for the determination of all new Australian malting barley varieties. 

Megan Sheehy, General Manager Classification for Grains Australia said, “We congratulate InterGrain and its team which has worked to bring this new variety to the marketplace.” 

The Accredited Malting Varieties table has been updated to reflect this newly accredited variety.  

Update for Laperouse Stage Two Evaluation   

Insufficient grain was available to complete full evaluation in 2023 and Stage Two evaluation will be continued in 2024. 




About Grains Australia 

Grains Australia delivers value to the Australian grains industry through the provision of industry services and functions including management of trade market access, classification, market insights and market education that improves the industry’s competitiveness and profitability. 

Grains Australia is an initiative of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). GRDC leads investment in grains research, development and extension (RD&E) in Australia to create enduring profitability for grain growers. 

A partnership between the Australian Government and grain growers, GRDC’s primary objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers and benefit the industry and the wider community. 

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