Location: Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research
Project Number: 8062-42520-004-03-T
Project Type: Trust
Start Date: Jun 1, 2010
End Date: Jan 31, 2013
We will determine how other foods commonly consumed in combination with beans or pearl millet affect the iron (Fe) bioavailability and absorption of the overall meal. Food interactions will be based on common combinations of targeted countries of Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
We will use a combination of in vitro screening coupled with in vivo long term feeding trials of poultry. We previously demonstrated that the chicken model exhibits the appropriate responses to iron (Fe) deficiency and can serve as a model for iron (Fe) bioavailability. These feeding trials will span up to 8 weeks depending on the observed effects of the test diets.