Tag: Biofortification

Biofortification: Rationale and feasibility

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article image MALNUTRITION IS a state when our body is lack of essential nutrients caused by less availability of food, decreased diversity among intake materials or inability of body to use the food that one does eat. Human body requires 22 essential elements for proper growth and development of body but now a days many people are facing deficient amount of Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Iodine, Selenium and in nearby future, Manganese and Boron will also be deficient in our diet. No doubt…Read More

Biofortification-a way forward to nourishing future

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article image IMPROVEMENT OF nutrient status of staple food crops through plant breeding, agronomic management or genetic engineering is referred as biofortification. This idea is practicing globally due to its promising outcomes and plant breeders are engaged in research pertaining to germplasm bank of those crops cultivars, which have high nutritional value naturally. They crossbreed these varieties with high yielding varieties to introduce seed of higher nutritional value and productivity.…Read More

Biofortification of staple foods can stem malnutrition issues

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The introduction of advanced techniques can address the rising concerns of malnutrition and food insecurity that are continuously growing and pose serious threat to human health. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) plays active role in research and development of agri sector. PARC Chairman, Dr Iftikhar Ahmad held a meeting with the focal persons of research team of PARC and discussed strategic measures to improve the food security through adaptation of various…Read More

Biofortification of staple foods can stem malnutrition issues

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The introduction of advanced techniques can address the rising concerns of malnutrition and food insecurity that are continuously growing and pose serious threat to human health. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) plays active role in research and development of agri sector. PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad held a meeting with the focal persons of research team of PARC and discussed strategic measures to improve the food security through adaptation of various…Read More

Biofortification-a tool to eliminate malnutrition

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article image FORTIFICATION is not a new term for most of the people but bio-fortification is new strands in this emerging world of hungry people that are dying with unavailability of nutrient enrich foods in their diet. Malnutrition is a global health problem especially in African and South East Asian countries. According to FAO more than 925 million people are living under nutrition in world. This include major portion of children and women. It is estimated that 0.6 and 0.08 million people were…Read More

Zinc deficiency in humans and agronomic biofortification

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Zinc is one of the essential elements necessary for the normal growth and development of humans and plants. Zinc is an essential element required for metabolic activities of 300 enzymes of body, and also requires for DNA synthesis, protein synthesis and cell division, these enzymes played an important role in metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fat. Zinc is very essential element for growth of tissues, healing of wounds, maintenance of connective tissues, functioning of immune system,…Read More

Biofortification: Feeding the world with nutritious food

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Malnutrition is very common problem especially in developing countries, which is caused by uptake of micronutrient deficit foods. Proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and calories may be deficit and cause malnutrition. Malnutrition is responsible for inducing the severe health hazards like; anemia, disorientation, diarrhea, irritability, anxiety, attention deficits, muscle twitches, amenorrhea (cessation of menstrual periods), goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), night blindness, loss of…Read More

Zinc biofortification of wheat combats low crop productivity

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: For enhancing awareness about the important of Zinc, a National Zinc Day has recently organized by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission at Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Faisalabad. The event was sponsored by Harvest Zinc Fertilizer Project, being executed by NIAB since 2008. More than 250 farmers, agronomists, medical doctors, food technologists; fertilizer, food and feed industry personnel, agriculture extension experts, and postgraduate students from all…Read More

Crop Biofortification

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article image A GROWTH rate of 1.2 per cent was estimated in Pakistan’s agriculture sector of the country during 2010-11 with a significant increase in staple food crops like wheat, maize and sugarcane.These crops are grown to feed the country’s ever increasing population with little awareness about the hidden malnutrition. No real effort has been made to enrich crops with nutritional value required for improving human health.Most farmers are illiterate and do not have knowledge about modern farming. This…Read More