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Natural genetic variation in lycopene epsilon cyclase tapped for maize biofortification
Dietary vitamin A deficiency causes eye disease in 40 million children each year and places 140 to 250 million at risk for health disorders. Many children in sub-Saharan Africa subsist on maize-based diets. Maize displays ...
Rare genetic variation at Zea mays crtRB1 increases beta-carotene in maize grain
Breeding to increase beta-carotene levels in cereal grains, termed provitamin A biofortification, is an economical approach to address dietary vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. Experimental evidence from ...