|Title: Gene to Improve Carotenoid Content in Food|
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Technology Description: Agricultural Research Service scientists and researchers from
Some of the current technology focused on increasing caroteniod content in crops has proven difficult to raise carotenoid to levels necessary for optimal human health. This technology offers a new strategy to enrich carotenoids in crops. Laboratory and field studies have demonstrated the success of this gene in increasing beta carotene in cauliflower plants. Carotenoids act as biological antioxidants, protecting cells and tissues from damage caused by naturally occurring free radicals in the body. Beta carotene is a potentially important means of lessening vitamin A deficiency, a serious nutritional problem worldwide. There is an increasing demand for foods with enhanced nutritional value. This gene could be used to produce plants enriched with carotenoids, which may provide protection against certain diseases. The gene may also be used to impart color variation in plants, and as animal feed additives.
Reference: Please refer to S.N. 11/639,064 (Docket #0021.07), “Use of the Cauliflower Orange (OR) Gene to Enhance Carotenoid Levels in Staple Crops,” which was filed on December 14, 2006, and is a Continuation in Part of S.N. 11/296,025 (Docket #0186.03), “The OR Gene and Its Use in Manipulating Carotenoid Content and Composition in Plants and Other Organisms,” which was filed on