The Barley Grain
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The mature barley grain comprises the embryo and the endosperm, which provides a store of carbohydrates (mainly starch) and protein to support the initial growth of the germinating embryo. The endosperm comprises the starchy endosperm, which is a non-living storage tissue, surrounded by a living non-starch cell layer called aleurone. The grain is protected by an outer husk.


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