Nutritional enhancement of plants

Tucker, G. (2003) Nutritional enhancement of plants. Current Opinion in Biotechnology , 14 (2). pp. 221-225.

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Plants can provide most of the nutrients required in the human diet; however, the major staple crops are often deficient in some of these nutrients. Thus, malnutrition, with respect to micronutrients like vitamin A, iron and zinc, affects >40% of the world’s population. Advances in molecular biology are being exploited to produce crops enhanced in these key nutrients. Other nutritional targets include the modification of fatty acid composition and the enhancement of antioxidant levels, particularly carotenoids, such as lycopene, and flavonoids. However, the benefit of these ‘biofortified’ crops to human nutrition remains to be elucidated.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester, LE12 5RD, UK
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Sushil
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2010 09:09
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2010 03:28
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