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Metabolic engineering of micronutrients in crop plants

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Micronutrient deficiency is a widespread phenomenon, most prevalent in developing countries. Being causally linked to the occurrence of a range of diseases, it affects billions of people worldwide. Enhancing the content of micronutrients in crop products through biotechnology is a promising technique to fight micronutrient malnutrition worldwide. Micronutrient fortification of food products has been implemented in a number of Western countries, but remains inaccessible for poor rural populations in a major part of the developing world. Moreover, evidence of the negative impacts of this practice on human health, at least for some vitamins, is accumulating. Biofortification of crop plants-the enhancement of vitamins and minerals through plant biotechnology-is a promising alternative or complement in the battle against micronutrient deficiencies. Owing to a growing knowledge about vitamin metabolism, as well as mineral uptake and reallocation in plants, it is today possible to enhance micronutrient levels in crop plants, offering a sustainable solution to populations with a suboptimal micronutrient intake.
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VITAMIN-A-DEFICIENCY, ORYZA-SATIVA L., FOLATE BIOFORTIFICATION, ARABIDOPSIS-THALIANA, BIOSYNTHETIC-PATHWAY, TRANSGENIC RICE, GOLDEN, RICE, FOLIC-ACID, FUNCTIONAL-ANALYSIS, SYNTHASE GENE, metabolic engineering, biofortification, micronutrients, folate, iron, vitamin A

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Blancquaert, Dieter, Hans De Steur, Xavier Gellynck, and Dominique Van Der Straeten. 2017. “Metabolic Engineering of Micronutrients in Crop Plants.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1390 (1): 59–73.
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Blancquaert, D., De Steur, H., Gellynck, X., & Van Der Straeten, D. (2017). Metabolic engineering of micronutrients in crop plants. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 1390(1), 59–73.
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Blancquaert D, De Steur H, Gellynck X, Van Der Straeten D. Metabolic engineering of micronutrients in crop plants. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. Hoboken: Wiley; 2017;1390(1):59–73.
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Blancquaert, Dieter et al. “Metabolic Engineering of Micronutrients in Crop Plants.” ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 1390.1 (2017): 59–73. Print.
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  abstract     = {Micronutrient deficiency is a widespread phenomenon, most prevalent in developing countries. Being causally linked to the occurrence of a range of diseases, it affects billions of people worldwide. Enhancing the content of micronutrients in crop products through biotechnology is a promising technique to fight micronutrient malnutrition worldwide. Micronutrient fortification of food products has been implemented in a number of Western countries, but remains inaccessible for poor rural populations in a major part of the developing world. Moreover, evidence of the negative impacts of this practice on human health, at least for some vitamins, is accumulating. Biofortification of crop plants-the enhancement of vitamins and minerals through plant biotechnology-is a promising alternative or complement in the battle against micronutrient deficiencies. Owing to a growing knowledge about vitamin metabolism, as well as mineral uptake and reallocation in plants, it is today possible to enhance micronutrient levels in crop plants, offering a sustainable solution to populations with a suboptimal micronutrient intake.},
  author       = {Blancquaert, Dieter and De Steur, Hans and Gellynck, Xavier and Van Der Straeten, Dominique},
  issn         = {0077-8923},
  journal      = {ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES},
  keywords     = {VITAMIN-A-DEFICIENCY,ORYZA-SATIVA L.,FOLATE BIOFORTIFICATION,ARABIDOPSIS-THALIANA,BIOSYNTHETIC-PATHWAY,TRANSGENIC RICE,GOLDEN,RICE,FOLIC-ACID,FUNCTIONAL-ANALYSIS,SYNTHASE GENE,metabolic engineering,biofortification,micronutrients,folate,iron,vitamin A},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {59--73},
  publisher    = {Wiley},
  title        = {Metabolic engineering of micronutrients in crop plants},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13274},
  volume       = {1390},
  year         = {2017},
}

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