Biofortifying crops with essential mineral elements
UNSPECIFIED (2005) Biofortifying crops with essential mineral elements. TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 10 (12). pp. 586-593. ISSN 1360-1385Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2005.10.001
Humans require more than 22 mineral elements, which can all be supplied by an appropriate diet. However, the diets of populations subsisting on cereals, or inhabiting regions where soil mineral imbalances occur, often lack Fe, Zn, Ca, Mg, Cu, I or Se. Traditional strategies to deliver these minerals to susceptible populations have relied on supplementation or food fortification programs. Unfortunately, these interventions have not always been successful. An alternative solution is to increase mineral concentrations in edible crops. This is termed 'biofortification'. It can be achieved by mineral fertilization or plant breeding. There is considerable genetic variation in crop species that can be harnessed for sustainable biofortification strategies. Varieties with increased mineral concentrations in their edible portions are already available, and new genotypes with higher mineral densities are being developed.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||S Agriculture > SB Plant culture|
|Journal or Publication Title:||TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON|
|Official Date:||December 2005|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 586-593|
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