This page highlights notable research related to biofortification. For an explanation of the types of research that inform the biofortification evidence base, visit the Marshalling Evidence page.

Biofortification Research Evidence Brief

A summary of nutrition, health, and socio-economic research findings about biofortified crops.

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Nutrition in the UK and the Role of Food Retailers

Consumer Marketing, Commercialization and Scaling | Publication: Access to Nutrition Initiative UK Retailer Index 2022 | Summary: Nutrition profiles of foods influence how businesses and food products rank on the Access to Nutrition Initiative’s Index, designed to drive change in the food industry by monitoring and assessing food retailers commitment to delivering healthier products to help address malnutrition.

How Biofortification Claims Impact Consumer Food Taste and Purchase Intention

Consumer Marketing, Commercialization and Scaling | Publication: British Food Journal | Summary: Nutrition and health claims influence consumer perception of food; they make consumers think differently about a product, even if the claim is not well understood. Food with biofortification claims were inferred to taste better than foods without claims.

Zinc Nutrient Reference Values as Proposed Results in Large Differences in Inadequate Intake in Cameroon

Nutritional Sciences Research | Publication: Nutrients | Nutrient reference values for zinc set by several expert groups differ widely and may affect the predicted prevalence of inadequate zinc intake. Efforts are needed to harmonize these values for zinc.  

Studying bioconversion and bioefficacy of provitamin A carotenoids

Publication: Methods in Enzymology. Maize biofortified with provitamin A carotenoid beta-cryptocyanthin should be explored by breeders as an option for increasing vitamin A intakes among maize-eating populations.

Genes involved in the control of zinc and iron levels in maize grain are pinpointed

Publication: G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics. These findings provide an improved genotype-phenotype map for the accumulation of elements like iron, zinc, copper, and manganese in maize.

Genomic selection can accelerate the biofortification of spring wheat

Publication: Theoretical and Applied Genetics. This study demonstrates the potential of genomic selection for enriching wheat grain through biofortification and predicting the concentration of nutritional element traits.

New Study Shows Eating Biofortified Cassava Improves Vitamin A Status In Nigerian Children
Zinc Study Indicates Possible Role for Biofortification In Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases
Study Shows Biofortified Maize Improves Vitamin A Content of Breast Milk
Study Finds That More Nutritious Pearl Millet Can Meet Full Iron Needs of Children
Study: Foods Made With Whole-Grain Zinc Maize Lose Only Small Share of Zinc in Processing, Cooking
New Research Shows Benefits of Iron-Biofortified Pearl Millet for Physical Activity in Adolescents
Transition From Targeted Breeding to Mainstreaming of Biofortification Traits in Improvement Programs