Genetic Approaches to Enhance Provitamins A and Total Carotenoid in Maize Grain.
Torbert Rocheford and Robyn Stevens. AW-101 Turner Hall, 1102 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Micronutrient defieciencies affect millions of people worldwide. HarvestPlus, a CGIAR Global Challenge Program, aims to increase micronutrient content in staple crops through biofortification. Our goal is to perform genetic research to facilitate breeding to increase provitamin A and carotenoid concentrations in maize (http://cropsci.uiuc.edu/faculty/rocheford/).