Agronomy and Horticulture Department

 

Date of this Version

2011

Citation

Published in Plant Science 180 (2011), pp. 562–574; doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2010.12.003

Comments

Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Used by permission.

Abstract

The micronutrients iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), and copper (Cu) are essential for plants and the humans and animals that consume plants. Increasing the micronutrient density of staple crops, or biofortification, will greatly improve human nutrition on a global scale. This review discusses the processes and genes needed to translocate micronutrients through the plant to the developing seeds, and potential strategies for developing biofortified crops.