Multi-target crop breeding for climate resilience & enhanced nutrition

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14 May 2021

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Biofortification Nutrition Collaboration Farmers Food biodiversity

Crop breeding has - for many decades - been focused on increasing yield under high input agriculture, with a key focus on rice, maize and wheat which now contribute nearly 60 percent of calories and proteins obtained by humans from plants. This has led to less resilient varieties of these staple crops and with lower overall nutrient content. “Stacked” germplasm improvements for priority staple crops has an enormous potential to incorporate both climate resilience traits as well as an improved nutrient content. This innovation focuses on using advanced plant breeding technologies to fast track...

Crop breeding has - for many decades - been focused on increasing yield under high input agriculture, with a key focus on rice, maize and wheat which now contribute nearly 60 percent of calories and proteins obtained by humans from plants. This has led to less resilient varieties of these staple crops and with lower overall nutrient content. “Stacked” germplasm improvements for priority staple crops has an enormous potential to incorporate both climate resilience traits as well as an improved nutrient content. This innovation focuses on using advanced plant breeding technologies to fast track the high yield traits in existing varieties, as well as the re-domestication of key crops with high resilience and higher nutrient content.

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Investigate consumption of foods prepared with iron-and-zinc-biofortified pearl millet by children on biomarkers of iron status, growth, and immune function.
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Multiple Biofortified Food Crops Project
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Trial of multiple biofortified food-crops (pearl-millet, wheat, sweet potato) in 6-24 month old children in rural and peri-urban south India.
Shared by IFSS Portal Research Team
Exploring assumptions in crop breeding
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Scientific paper characterizing how climate models have previously been used to inform breeding efforts and general principles to improve on.
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