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Food Security & Nutritional Quality

Gender responsive cassava breeding initiative

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is cultivated in almost all the tropical areas. It plays a key role both as a staple food and source of income for millions of people most especially in Africa. It therefore has the potential to reduce poverty, one of the indicators...

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Sweet corn nutrigenomics

In plant-based foods, tocochromanols and specific carotenoids (beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and alpha-carotene) are dietary sources of vitamin E and provitamin A, respectively. As with all essential nutrients, vitamins A and E are required at minimal levels in...

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Cassava post-harvest physiological deterioration

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) provides more than 800 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America with food, nutrition, and livelihoods. In Nigeria, cassava provides more than 80% of the daily caloric requirements for more than 50% of the population. Farmers...

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Maize nutrigenomics

For millions of people in developing countries, plant-based foods are the major source of provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin E tocochromanols. More than 125 million preschool-aged children are vitamin A deficient in developing countries, with an estimated 250,000 to...

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Oat transcriptomics and metabolomics

Oat is uniquely valued among grain crops for the health-promoting composition of its seeds. Enhancing the ability of breeders to select for higher concentrations or new combinations of compounds will increase the value of the crop and ensure its continued role in...

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