Thesis / Dissertation

A metabolic engineering approach for iron and zinc biofortification of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): impacts on plant growth, grain nutrition and food processing

Jesse Taylor Beasley, Alexander Johnson (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Human iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) deficiencies are among the most prevalent nutritional disorders in the world and manifest as a range of health issues including fatigue, impaired cognitive development and increased mortality. Micronutrient supplements and fortificants are frequently used to increase human Fe and Zn intakes yet these strategies require continuous investment and frequently miss rural populations; improving the density and/or bioavailability of Fe and Zn in staple crops (a process known as biofortification) represents a powerful alternative. Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is cultivated on more land than any other crop and is processed into a range of food products to supply ~2..

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