Nutritional Genomics: Manipulating Plant Micronutrients to Improve Human Health

DellaPenna, D. (1999) Nutritional Genomics: Manipulating Plant Micronutrients to Improve Human Health. SCIENCE , 285 (5426). pp. 375-379.

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The nutritional health and well-being of humans are entirely dependent on plant foods either directly or indirectly when plants are consumed by animals. Plant foods provide almost all essential vitamins and minerals and a number of other health-promoting phytochemicals. Because micronutrient concentrations are often low in staple crops, research is under way to understand and manipulate synthesis of micronutrients in order to improve crop nutritional quality. Genome sequencing projects are providing novel approaches for identifying plant biosynthetic genes of nutritional importance. The term Ònutritional genomicsÓ is used to describe work at the interface of plant biochemistry, genomics, and human nutrition.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry/MS200, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Sushil
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2010 09:09
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2010 09:09
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