Crop engineering could solve world’s malnutrition and protect eyesight

A multivitamin for the world’s poor could be found in a cup of corn meal. Scientists in Spain have engineered African lines of white corn to provide high levels of beta carotene, a key source of vitamin A, a nutrient critical to protecting eyesight.

The grain, which has an orange tint because of the beta-carotene, also contains significant levels of vitamin C and folate. Less than a cup of the corn could provide the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, scientists reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers said the achievement “opens the way for the development of nutritionally complete” grains.

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