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Biotechnological Approaches for Generating Zinc-Enriched Crops to Combat Malnutrition

Department of Food Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca 14853 NY, USA
Nutrients 2019, 11(2), 253; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11020253
Received: 22 November 2018 / Revised: 24 December 2018 / Accepted: 16 January 2019 / Published: 23 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Effects of Dietary Zinc)
The past twenty years have seen the application of biotechnology to generate nutritionally improved food crops. Biofortified rice, cassava, maize, sorghum and other staple crops biofortified with essential micronutrients have great potential to benefit the world’s poor, in terms of both health and economics. This paper describes the use of genetic modification to generate crops that are biofortified with zinc. Examples of zinc-enhanced crops which have been developed using biotechnological approaches will be discussed, and new approaches for research and development will be outlined. The impact of these biofortified crops on human health and well-being will be examined. This paper will conclude with a discussion of the obstacles that must be overcome to enable zinc-fortified crops to be accessible for the world’s malnourished. View Full-Text
Keywords: zinc deficiency (ZnD); biofortification; micronutrient; transgenic plant; soil; malnutrition zinc deficiency (ZnD); biofortification; micronutrient; transgenic plant; soil; malnutrition
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