FORT COLLINS, COLO. — Limagrain Cereal Seeds, the U.S. subsidiary of Group Limagrain, has opened a new wheat quality laboratory at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Fort Collins.

The quality laboratory and test bakery will test select wheat varieties from across the United States for baking characteristics, and will feature equipment to measure single kernel hardness, as well as a near-infrared reflectance spectroscope.

Hayley Butler, wheat quality manager for Limagrain Cereal Seeds, will supervise the laboratory. She ran Colorado State University’s wheat quality laboratory and trained with U.S. Department of Agriculture cereal chemists in the university’s wheat breeding and genetics program.

Limagrain opened its U.S. headquarters in Fort Collins in April 2011. The company has regional research stations in Washington, Indiana, Minnesota and Kansas.