The BioCassava Plus Program: Biofortification of Cassava for Sub-Saharan Africa

Sayre, R and Beeching, J. R. and Cahoon, E. B. and Egesi, C. and Fauquet, C. and Fellman, J. and Fregene, M. and Gruissem, W. and Mallowa, S. and Manary, M. and Maziya-Dixon, B. and Mbanaso, A. and Schachtman, D. P. and Siritunga, D. and Taylor, N. and Vanderschuren, H. and Zhang, P. (2011) The BioCassava Plus Program: Biofortification of Cassava for Sub-Saharan Africa. Annual Review of Plant Biology, 62. pp. 251-272.

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More than 250 million Africans rely on the starchy root crop cassava (Manihot esculenta) as their staple source of calories. A typical cassava- based diet, however, provides less than 30% of the minimum daily requirement for protein and only 10%–20% of that for iron, zinc, and vitamin A. The BioCassava Plus (BC+) program has employed modern biotechnologies intended to improve the health of Africans through the development and delivery of genetically engineered cassava with increased nutrient (zinc, iron, protein, and vitamin A) levels. Additional traits addressed by BioCassava Plus include increased shelf life, reductions in toxic cyanogenic glycosides to safe levels, and resistance to viral disease.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malnutrition, Africa, Plant Biotechnology
Author Affiliation: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri, US
Subjects: Plant Production
Crop Improvement
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 08:01
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2011 08:01
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