Biotech Updates

Growing Greener Greens

October 9, 2009

A four-year long project to enrich the nutritional content of  vegetables especially the brassicas will be conducted at the University of Nottingham. The project will focus on breeding different varieties, and finding combinations of alleles which would alter the calcium and magnesium content of plant leaves. It aims to enrich the edible parts of cabbages, broccoli and their more exotic cousins, Chinese cabbage and pak choi, with these minerals using conventional breeding techniques and by devising a recipe for a new type of fertilizer.

The project is funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and a fertilizer company and is a long-standing collaboration between scientists at The University of Nottingham, The University of Warwick, Rothamsted Research and the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI).

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