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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Phytochemicals in Plants: Genomics-Assisted Plant Improvement for Nutritional and Health Benefits

Author
item Grusak, Michael

Submitted to: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: August 15, 2002
Publication Date: August 15, 2002
Citation: GRUSAK, M.A. PHYTOCHEMICALS IN PLANTS: GENOMICS-ASSISTED PLANT IMPROVEMENT FOR NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH BENEFITS. CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY. 2002. v. 13. p. 508-511.

Technical Abstract: Plants are an important source of essential nutrients and health-beneficial components that are crucial for human life. Because the intake of these phytochemicals is not always adequate, the resources of plant biotechnology are being used to enhance the nutritional quality of our plant-based food supply. Various improvement strategies are feasible, depending on whether the phytochemical target is a major or minor constituent. Recent efforts in gene discovery and functional genomics are providing the necessary understanding to develop and evaluate different approaches to manipulate phytochemical composition.

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