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Trends Plant Sci. 2005 Dec;10(12):565-73. Epub 2005 Nov 15.

Golden Rice--five years on the road--five years to go?

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  • 1University of Freiburg, Center for Applied Biosciences, Sch√§nzlestr. 1, 79104 Freiburg, Germany.


Provitamin A accumulates in the grain of Golden Rice as a result of genetic transformation. In developing countries, where vitamin A deficiency prevails, grain from Golden Rice is expected to provide this important micronutrient sustainably through agriculture. Since its original production, the prototype Golden Rice has undergone intense research to increase the provitamin A content, to establish the scientific basis for its carotenoid complement, and to better comply with regulatory requirements. Today, the current focus is on how to get Golden Rice effectively into the hands of farmers, which is a novel avenue for public sector research, carried out with the aid of international research consortia. Additional new research is underway to further increase the nutritional value of Golden Rice.

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