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Trends Plant Sci. 2008 Sep;13(9):459-63. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2008.05.009. Epub 2008 Jul 16.

Nutritional improvements in plants: time to bite on biofortified foods.

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  • 1Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 1100 Bates Street, Suite 9018, Mail Code BCM-320, Houston, TX 77030-2600, USA.

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  • Trends Plant Sci. 2008 Oct;13(10):521.


Modern breeding, molecular genetic and biotechnology studies frequently describe changes in plant metabolism to improve nutritional content; however, this is often where the process of assessing biofortification ends. Ideally, these modified plants need to be used in controlled animal and human feeding studies to assess nutritional impact. Such bioavailability studies are crucial if any claims are to be made regarding health benefits and might be an important component in public acceptance of biofortified foods.

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