[permaculture] Fwd: Re: [SANET-MG] Improving the nutritional quality of food crops

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Tue May 10 11:15:35 EDT 2011

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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] Improving the nutritional quality of food crops
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 11:08:37 -0400
From: Joel Gruver <jgruv at HOTMAIL.COM>
Reply-To: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group 
<SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU>, Joel Gruver <jgruv at HOTMAIL.COM>

Hello Margaret,

Nutrients taken up by a crop plant get distributed (aka partitioned) 
within the plant.

One way to enhance the nutritional quality of crops is to select for 
greater delivery of acquired nutrients to the parts of the crop that 
will be harvested.

Another issue that I did not mention in my original post is how a 
particular nutrient gets partitioned within potential biomolecules. P 
tied up phytic acid is much less available than other forms of P.

the following article may be of interest:


Raboy V. 2001. Seeds for a better future: 'low phytate' grains help to 
overcome malnutrition and reduce pollution.
Trends Plant Sci. 6(10):458-62.

myo-Inositol(1,2,3,4,5,6) hexakisphosphate (InsP(6) or 'phytic acid') 
was first known as the storage form of phosphorus in seeds.
Seed-derived dietary InsP(6) can contribute to iron and zinc deficiency 
in human populations. Excretion of 'phytic acid  phosphorus' by 
non-ruminants such as poultry, swine and fish can contribute to water 
pollution. Sustainable solutions to these important problems might 
depend on progress in the molecular biology and genetics of InsP(6) 
accumulation during seed development. The development of 'low phytate' 
grain and legume genotypes could help advance our understanding of this 
biology, and when used in foods and feeds might help to reduce human 
malnutrition and reduce animal waste phosphorus.

Joel Gruver
School of Agriculture
Western Illinois University
jgruv at hotmail.com

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