Biofortifying sorghum with high bioavailable grain iron and zinc for combating micronutrient malnutrition
Duration: 28/Feb/2012 - 27/Feb/2015
Locations: Asia / India
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Department of Biotechnology- Government of India-India
CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes
In this project, ICRISAT and its partners propose to biofortify sorghum by enhancing Fe and Zn levels and reducing the phytate content in the grain. The principal products of this project will be diverse sources with elevated levels of grain Fe and Zn content, identified from the global sorghum germplasm collection; improved breeding lines and hybrid parents with high grain Fe and Zn content possessing low phytate content, which will be used in state and national sorghum breeding programs for developing biofortified sorghum hybrids and open-pollinated varieties (OPVs); and information on markers flanking genomic regions controlling sorghum grain Fe and Zn contents, which can be used for rapid transfer of these traits to a broader range of elite sorghum OPVs and hybrid parental lines.