Submitted to: CRC Press
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2008
Publication Date: 1/15/2009
Citation: Banuelos, G. Z.Q. Lin.2009. Development and Uses of Biofortified Agricultural Products. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 57-70. Interpretive Summary: Trace elements, such as selenium, boron, zinc, iron, and calcium, are essential for human health and livestock production. Nutritionally important trace elements are deficient in soils in many regions of the world. Health problems associated with the uneven distribution of selenium, iron, zinc, and iodine in soils have become major public health issues in many developing countries. Therefore, the development of “functional foods and animal feeds” has recently become one of the most attractive research fields worldwide.
Technical Abstract: New strategies and techniques have recently been proposed and developed regarding the “functional foods and animal feeds” or biofortified agricultural products. It is foreseeable that the novel research endeavors in this research field will create a global demand for biofortified agricultural products. To share current research work and discuss future research directions among scientists, crop producers, nutritionists, environmental managers, health and government officials, and consumers, this book will provide a unique opportunity to further our understanding of nutritionally important trace elements in the context of biogeochemistry, food chain transfer, and health-related issues. Topics to be highlighted include: (1) effects of environmental and biological factors on accumulation and speciation of nutritionally important trace elements in agricultural products; (2) alternative biosources of biologically essential trace elements; (3) bioproducts produced from phytoremediation processes; (4) bioavailability of elements present in bio-base products; (5) effects of biofortified agricultural products on human and livestock nutrition; (6) undesired effects from compounds co-existing in bioproducts; and (7) role of biomedicines in tomorrow's health.