Magnesium biofortification of plants for improved nutritional value


Abstract : Mineral and vitamin deficiencies affect over one-half of the world’s population and contribute to a number of human chronic disease conditions. Economic, social and food technological processing factors can contribute to lower nutrient intake. Progress has been made to overcome those nutritional deficiencies in human body mainly through supplementation and food fortification. Another option to commercially marketed products is biofortification: a strategy aimed at developing nutrient- and vitamin-dense crops through conventional breeding or biotechnological engineering. Determining how plants regulate mineral nutrient uptake from the rhizophere, as well as transport and allocate nutrients to organs can have significant implications for human health. With the knowledge of genes governing mineral homeostasis and pathways of nutritional importance, it is possible to develop biofortification strategies. One of the research themes at the laboratory of Plant Physiology and Molecular Genetics is on magnesium, which is a disregarded element both in human and crop nutrition (a paradox in view of the essential roles it plays in every cell of every organism). We exploit the variation in natural and experimental plant populations in order to identify key genes regulating magnesium content. This is a project descrption but not a PhD grant offer.
Promoteur/Supervisor : Prof. Hermans Christian
Email : chermans@ulb.ac.be
Site Web/Web site : lpgmp.ulb.be
Centre de recherche/Research center : Lab. Plant Physiology and Molecular Genetics
Faculté/Faculty : Faculty of Sciences/Faculté des Sciences
Ecole doctorale/Graduate Colleges : Science/Sciences
Ecole doctorale thématique/Graduate School (French Only): Plant Science



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