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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29920691/legume-biofortification-is-an-underexploited-strategy-for-combatting-hidden-hunger
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REVIEW
Hafiz Mamoon Rehman, James William Cooper, Hon Ming Lam, Seung Hwan Yang
Legumes are the world's primary source of dietary protein and are particularly important for those in developing economies. However, the biofortification potential of legumes remains underexploited. Legumes offer a diversity of micronutrients and amino acids, exceeding or complementing the profiles of cereals. As such, the enhancement of legume nutritional composition presents an appealing target for addressing the "hidden hunger" of global micronutrient malnutrition. Affecting ~2 billion people, micronutrient malnutrition causes severe health effects ranging from stunted growth to reduced life span...
June 19, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29893304/effects-of-food-insecurity-on-the-women-esophageal-cancer-in-the-zanjan-province
#2
Amir Najafi
Background: Nowadays one of the principal challenges of any country is improving the chronic disease and cancers. One of the most important of cancers is esophageal cancer in Iran. No doubt, esophageal cancer is an outcome of the interaction and combination of different factors. Cancer of the esophagus is one of the most common causes of death in adults (especially women) in Iran, where the incidence of this cancer is among the highest in the world. Objective: The main aim of this cross-sectional study was to test the hypothesis that food insecurity could create esophageal cancer among women in Iran (Zanjan Province)...
April 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717180/zinc-use-efficiency-is-enhanced-in-wheat-through-nanofertilization
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Ashwin Dapkekar, Paresh Deshpande, Manoj D Oak, Kishore M Paknikar, Jyutika M Rajwade
Ferti-fortification of wheat with zinc, an essential micronutrient is one of the strategies for combating 'hidden hunger' in a large proportion of people all over the world. During fertilization, application of large quantities of micronutrients often results in nutrient wastage and subsequent environmental pollution. Here, we report zinc complexed chitosan nanoparticles (Zn-CNP) for ferti-fortification of durum wheat in field-scale experiments. The efficacy of Zn-CNP was assessed vis-à-vis conventionally applied ZnSO4 (0...
May 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681913/toward-eradication-of-b-vitamin-deficiencies-considerations-for-crop-biofortification
#4
REVIEW
Simon Strobbe, Dominique Van Der Straeten
'Hidden hunger' involves insufficient intake of micronutrients and is estimated to affect over two billion people on a global scale. Malnutrition of vitamins and minerals is known to cause an alarming number of casualties, even in the developed world. Many staple crops, although serving as the main dietary component for large population groups, deliver inadequate amounts of micronutrients. Biofortification, the augmentation of natural micronutrient levels in crop products through breeding or genetic engineering, is a pivotal tool in the fight against micronutrient malnutrition (MNM)...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671831/the-potential-of-integrating-provitamin-a-biofortified-maize-in-smallholder-farming-systems-to-reduce-malnourishment-in-south-africa
#5
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Mthokozisi K Zuma, Unathi Kolanisi, Albert T Modi
Biofortification interventions have the potential to combat malnutrition. This review explored the use of provitamin A-biofortified maize (PVABM) as a vitamin A deficiency (VAD) reduction agricultural-based strategy. Maize has been identified as one of the key staple crops for biofortification to reduce hidden hunger in Africa. Most nutrition interventions have not been successful in reducing hunger because rural communities, who mainly rely on agriculture, have been indirectly excluded. The biofortification intervention proposed here aims to be an inclusive strategy, based on smallholder farming systems...
April 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29528727/suboptimal-vitamin-b-intakes-of-zambian-preschool-children-evaluation-of-24-hour-dietary-recalls
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Tyler J Titcomb, Samantha T Schmaelzle, Emily T Nuss, Jesse F Gregory, Sherry A Tanumihardjo
BACKGROUND: Hidden hunger affects individuals who chronically consume an inadequate intake of at least 1 micronutrient and is associated with low dietary diversity. Little data are available on dietary intake or status assessment of B vitamins among preschool children in Zambia. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess 24-hour dietary recall records obtained from Zambian children aged 3 to 7 years for B vitamin intake in relation to adequacy and change over time in the same community...
January 1, 2018: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474475/single-nucleotide-polymorphism-snp-markers-associated-with-high-folate-content-in-wild-potato-species
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Sapinder Bali, Bruce R Robinson, Vidyasagar Sathuvalli, John Bamberg, Aymeric Goyer
Micronutrient deficiency, also known as the hidden hunger, affects over two billion people worldwide. Potato is the third most consumed food crops in the world, and is therefore a fundamental element of food security for millions of people. Increasing the amount of micronutrients in food crop could help alleviate worldwide micronutrient malnutrition. In the present study, we report on the identification of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers associated with folate, an essential micronutrient in the human diet...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401393/effects-of-magnesium-fertilizer-on-the-forage-crude-protein-content-depend-upon-available-soil-nitrogen
#8
Xiao Sun, Jihui Chen, Lisheng Liu, Andrea Rosanoff, Xue Xiong, Yingjun Zhang, Tongtong Pei
Magnesium (Mg) is important for both plant photosynthesis and protein synthesis. Nevertheless, latent Mg deficiencies are common, and Mg addition has shown an improved yield. Might such an increasing yield cause "hidden" hunger for microelements and protein, and if so, what is the mechanism? We conducted two greenhouse experiments using low-Mg soil to investigate (i) effects of five levels of Mg fertilizer (20-400 mg kg-1 ) on eight elements and crude protein concentrations in annual ryegrass and white clover and (ii) if any protein effects of the Mg fertilizer depend upon soil nitrogen (N)...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346404/bio-fortification-potential-of-global-wild-annual-lentil-core-collection
#9
Sandeep Kumar, Anil Kumar Choudhary, Kuldeep Singh Rana, Ashutosh Sarker, Mohar Singh
Lentil, generally known as poor man's' meat due to its high protein value is also a good source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and vitamins along with fast cooking characteristics. It could be used globally as a staple food crop to eradicate hidden hunger, if this nutritionally rich crop is further enriched with essential minerals. This requires identification of essential mineral rich germplasm. So, in the present study, a core set of 96 wild accessions extracted from 405 global wild annual collections comprising different species was analyzed to determine its bio-fortification potential...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277427/folate-biofortification-of-potato-by-tuber-specific-expression-of-four-folate-biosynthesis-genes
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Jolien De Lepeleire, Simon Strobbe, Jana Verstraete, Dieter Blancquaert, Lars Ambach, Richard G F Visser, Christophe Stove, Dominique Van Der Straeten
Insufficient dietary intake of micronutrients, known as "hidden hunger", is a devastating global burden, affecting two billion people. Deficiency of folates (vitamin B9), which are known to play a central role in C1 metabolism, causes birth defects in at least a quarter million people annually. Biofortification to enhance the level of naturally occurring folates in crop plants, proves to be an efficient and cost-effective tool in fighting folate deficiency. Previously, introduction of folate biosynthesis genes GTPCHI and ADCS, proven to be a successful biofortification strategy in rice and tomato, turned out to be insufficient to adequately increase folate levels in potato tubers...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121079/challenges-and-opportunities-for-moringa-growers-in-southern-ethiopia-and-kenya
#11
Diriba B Kumssa, Edward J M Joy, Scott D Young, David W Odee, E Louise Ander, Charles Magare, James Gitu, Martin R Broadley
Moringa oleifera (MO) and M. stenopetala (MS) are two commonly cultivated species of the Moringaceae family. Some households in southern Ethiopia (S. ETH) and Kenya (KEN) plant MS and MO, respectively. The edible parts of these species are rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, especially selenium. Despite their nutritional value, Moringa is sometimes considered as a "famine food". The aim of this study was to determine the extent of dietary utilization of these plants by Moringa Growing Households (MGHs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077764/detection-of-quantitative-trait-loci-controlling-grain-zinc-concentration-using-australian-wild-rice-oryza-meridionalis-a-potential-genetic-resource-for-biofortification-of-rice
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Ryo Ishikawa, Masahide Iwata, Kenta Taniko, Gotaro Monden, Naoya Miyazaki, Chhourn Orn, Yuki Tsujimura, Shusaku Yoshida, Jian Feng Ma, Takashige Ishii
Zinc (Zn) is one of the essential mineral elements for both plants and humans. Zn deficiency in human is one of the major causes of hidden hunger, a serious health problem observed in many developing countries. Therefore, increasing Zn concentration in edible part is an important issue for improving human Zn nutrition. Here, we found that an Australian wild rice O. meridionalis showed higher grain Zn concentrations compared with cultivated and other wild rice species. The quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis was then performed to identify the genomic regions controlling grain Zn levels using backcross recombinant inbred lines derived from O...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928297/malnutrition-free-india-dream-or-reality
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C P Mishra
In spite of great efforts done by the Government of India to tackle the problem of malnutrition, proportion of population normal on nutrition scale has been stationary; nearly half of them have been a victim of under- and over-nutrition. Over a period, undernutrition has declined but this has been compensated by overnutrition. Hidden hunger is a still an unfinished agendum. The achievement of food grain security at the national level did not percolate down, and households' food insecurity and level of chronic food insecurity are still high...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704944/sphenostylis-stenocarpa-ex-a-rich-harms-a-fading-genetic-resource-in-a-changing-climate-prerequisite-for-conservation-and-sustainability
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Catherine Veronica Nnamani, Sunday Adesola Ajayi, Happiness Ogba Oselebe, Christopher John Atkinson, Anastasia Ngozi Igboabuchi, Eucharia Chizoba Ezigbo
The southeastern part of Nigeria is one of the major hotspots of useful plant genetic resources. These endemic species are associated with a rich indigenous knowledge and cultural diversity in relation to their use and conservation. Sphenostylis stenocarpa (ex. A. Rich.) Harms., (African Yam Bean (AYB)), is one such crop within the family of Fabaceae. Its nutritional and eco-friendly characteristics have value in ameliorating malnutrition, hidden hunger and environmental degradation inherent in resource-poor rural and semi-rural communities throughout Africa...
July 12, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487720/finger-millet-a-certain-crop-for-an-uncertain-future-and-a-solution-to-food-insecurity-and-hidden-hunger-under-stressful-environments
#15
REVIEW
Sanjay Mohan Gupta, Sandeep Arora, Neelofar Mirza, Anjali Pande, Charu Lata, Swati Puranik, J Kumar, Anil Kumar
Crop growth and productivity has largely been vulnerable to various abiotic and biotic stresses that are only set to be compounded due to global climate change. Therefore developing improved varieties and designing newer approaches for crop improvement against stress tolerance have become a priority now-a-days. However, most of the crop improvement strategies are directed toward staple cereals such as rice, wheat, maize etc., whereas attention on minor cereals such as finger millet [Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253441/availability-production-and-consumption-of-crops-biofortified-by-plant-breeding-current-evidence-and-future-potential
#16
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Amy Saltzman, Ekin Birol, Adewale Oparinde, Meike S Andersson, Dorene Asare-Marfo, Michael T Diressie, Carolina Gonzalez, Keith Lividini, Mourad Moursi, Manfred Zeller
Biofortification is the process of increasing the density of vitamins and minerals in a crop through plant breeding-using either conventional methods or genetic engineering-or through agronomic practices. Over the past 15 years, conventional breeding efforts have resulted in the development of varieties of several staple food crops with significant levels of the three micronutrients most limiting in diets: zinc, iron, and vitamin A. More than 15 million people in developing countries now grow and consume biofortified crops...
February 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867449/exploring-the-potential-of-indigenous-foods-to-address-hidden-hunger-nutritive-value-of-indigenous-foods-of-santhal-tribal-community-of-jharkhand-india
#17
Suparna Ghosh-Jerath, Archna Singh, Melina S Magsumbol, Preeti Kamboj, Gail Goldberg
Traditional foods of indigenous communities can be explored as a sustainable means of addressing undernutrition. Our study aimed at identifying indigenous foods of the Santhal tribal community of Godda district of Jharkhand, India, assessing their nutritive value, and appraising their potential role in addressing hidden hunger. A cross-sectional survey using qualitative methods like focus group discussions with women of childbearing age (15-49 years), adult males, and elderly people was conducted for food identification...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723944/the-socioeconomics-of-genetically-modified-biofortified-crops-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
REVIEW
Hans De Steur, Joshua Wesana, Dieter Blancquaert, Dominique Van Der Straeten, Xavier Gellynck
Building upon the growing interest and research on genetically modified (GM) biofortification, its socioeconomic potential has been increasingly examined. We conducted two systematic reviews and meta-analyses to provide comprehensive evidence of consumers' willingness to pay (11 economic valuation studies, 64 estimates) and cost-effectiveness/benefits (five economic evaluation studies, 30 estimates). Worldwide, consumers were willing to pay 23.9% more for GM biofortified food crops. Aside from crop and design-related differences, information provision was deemed crucial...
February 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27507630/current-knowledge-on-genetic-biofortification-in-lentil
#19
REVIEW
Jitendra Kumar, Debjyoti Sen Gupta, Shiv Kumar, Sanjeev Gupta, Narendra Pratap Singh
Micronutrient deficiency in the human body, popularly known as "hidden hunger", causes many health problems. It presently affects >2 billion people worldwide, especially in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Biofortification of food crop varieties is one way to combat the problem of hidden hunger using conventional plant breeding and transgenic methods. Lentils are rich sources of protein, micronutrients, and vitamins including iron, zinc, selenium, folates, and carotenoids. Lentil genetic resources including germplasm and wild species showed genetic variability for these traits...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27458430/produce-from-africa-s-gardens-potential-for-leafy-vegetable-and-fruit-fermentations
#20
REVIEW
Folarin A Oguntoyinbo, Vincenzina Fusco, Gyu-Sung Cho, Jan Kabisch, Horst Neve, Wilhelm Bockelmann, Melanie Huch, Lara Frommherz, Bernhard Trierweiler, Biserka Becker, Nabil Benomar, Antonio Gálvez, Hikmate Abriouel, Wilhelm H Holzapfel, Charles M A P Franz
A rich variety of indigenous fruits and vegetables grow in Africa, which contribute to the nutrition and health of Africa's populations. Fruits and vegetables have high moisture and are thus inherently prone to accelerated spoilage. Food fermentation still plays a major role in combating food spoilage and foodborne diseases that are prevalent in many of Africa's resource disadvantaged regions. Lactic acid fermentation is probably the oldest and best-accepted food processing method among the African people, and is largely a home-based process...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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