Increasing grain Fe and Zn concentration in sorghum: progress and way forward

Ashok Kumar, A and Anuradha, K and Ramaiah, B (2013) Increasing grain Fe and Zn concentration in sorghum: progress and way forward. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research, 11 (12). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0973-3094

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Abstract

Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is among the top ten crops that feed the world (Goldschein 2011). It is one of the cheapest sources of energy and micronutrients; and a vast majority of population in Africa and central India depend on sorghum for their dietary energy and micronutrient requirement (Parthasarathy Rao et al.). Micronutrient malnutrition, primarily the result of diets poor in bioavailable vitamins and minerals, causes blindness and anemia (even death) in more than half of the world’s population, especially among women of reproductive age, pregnant and lactating women and pre-school children (Underwood 2000, Sharma 2003, Welch and Graham 2004); and efforts are being made to provide fortified foods to vulnerable groups of the society. Biofortification, where possible, is the most costeffective and sustainable solution for tackling micronutrient deficiencies as intake of micronutrients is on a continuing basis with no...

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Sorghum
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 09:17
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 08:59
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7293
Official URL: http://ejournal.icrisat.org/Volume11/Agroecosystem...
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Acknowledgement: We thank our donors HarvestPlus – CGIAR Challenge Program for the funding support to breeding and product development research and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for QTL identification research.
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