Raising the bar for biofortification: enhanced levels of bioavailable calcium in carrots

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Abstract

Recent efforts to increase the levels of Ca in the edible portions of plants have used a modified calcium/proton antiporter [known as short cation exchanger 1 (sCAX1)] to increase Ca transport into vacuoles. New work has shown that consumption of Ca-fortified carrots results in enhanced Ca absorption. These studies highlight the potential of increasing plant nutrient content through expression of a high-capacity transporter and illustrate the importance of demonstrating that the fortified nutrient is bioavailable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2008

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering

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