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Formation of heterotic groups and understanding genetic effects in a provitamin a biofortified maize breeding program
Developing biofortified maize cultivars is a viable approach to combat the widespread problem of vitamin A deficiency among people for whom maize is a staple food. To enhance CIMMYT's provitamin A maize breeding efforts, ...
The usefulness of iron bioavailability as a target trait for breeding maize (Zea mays L.) with enhanced nutritional value
Iron (Fe) deficiency is the most widespread nutritional problem, affecting as many as half of the world's population. Only a small fraction (2?15%) of Fe from plant sources is typically bioavailable, that is, available for ...
A meta-analysis of community-based studies on quality protein maize
Biofortification, or the improvement of nutritional quality in food crops, is a promising strategy to combat undernutrition, particularly among the rural poor in developing countries. However, traditional methods of impact ...
Maize genotype and food matrix affect the provitamin a carotenoid bioefficacy from staple and carrot-fortified feeds in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus)
Biofortification to increase provitamin A carotenoids is an agronomic approach to alleviate vitamin A deficiency. Two studies compared biofortified foods using in vitro and in vivo methods. Study 1 screened maize genotypes ...
Provitamin A carotenoid bioavailability: what really matters?
Micronutrient malnutrition, or "hidden hunger," affl icts a large part of the world's population, with vitamin A defi ciency among the most prevalent public health problems. Provitamin A carotenoids in plant foods are a ...
Reliable and inexpensive colorimetric method for determining protein-bound tryptophan in maize kernels
Biofortification programs in maize have led to the development of quality protein maize (QPM) with increased contents of the essential amino acids lysine and tryptophan, and increased nutritional value for protein deficient ...