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

abstract

  • Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is among the top ten cropsthat feed the world (Goldschein 2011). It is one of thecheapest sources of energy and micronutrients; and a vastmajority of population in Africa and central India dependon sorghum for their dietary energy and micronutrientrequirement (Parthasarathy Rao et al.). Micronutrientmalnutrition, primarily the result of diets poor in bioavailablevitamins and minerals, causes blindness andanemia (even death) in more than half of the world?spopulation, especially among women of reproductiveage, pregnant and lactating women and pre-schoolchildren (Underwood 2000, Sharma 2003, Welch andGraham 2004); and efforts are being made to providefortified foods to vulnerable groups of the society.Biofortification, where possible, is the most costeffectiveand sustainable solution for tacklingmicronutrient deficiencies as intake of micronutrients ison a continuing basis with no

publication date

  • 2013