The Scottish Barley Variety Database

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The Scottish Barley Variety Database contains a comprehensive collection of barley variety descriptions collated and presented by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) in Edinburgh.

The morphology of more than 360 varieties are described in detail and the resource can be searched on one or more of over 40 characters.

Information is added and edited online so changes are available instantly to visitors.

The pages on this site are designed to be printed as well as viewed on screen. There is a facility for creating and downloading files in PDF format from all or selected subsets of the data

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Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) is located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Around 100 scientists are engaged on activities in support of Scottish agriculture and the environment. As part of its work a small team of botanists observe and collect descriptive information on a range of cereal crops.

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture
A Division of the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (RPID) of the Scottish Government
Roddinglaw Road
Edinburgh EH12 9FJ
Tel: +44 (0) 131 244 8890
Fax: +44 (0) 131 244 8940


In searching the database the following groups of characters were most popular

administration(25%), first rachis segment(16%), ear(16%), grain(11%) and pigment(10%)

Most requested varieties

  • Sebastian
  • Optic
  • Braemar
  • Cocktail
  • Alexis
  • Amarena
  • Marcorel
  • Conchita
  • Accrue
  • Actrice


    Many of the descriptions are illustrated with photographs from the SASA image library and are available offline at higher resolution. Contact the Photography Section at SASA to discuss your requirements.