Molecular characterisation and carotenoid quantification of pro-vitamin A biofortified genetically modified bananas in Uganda

Mbabazi, Ruth (2015) Molecular characterisation and carotenoid quantification of pro-vitamin A biofortified genetically modified bananas in Uganda. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

In Uganda, a significant proportion of the population depends on the micronutrient poor East African highland banana as a food staple. Consequently, micronutrient deficiencies such as vitamin A deficiency are an important health concern in the country. To reach most vulnerable rural poor populations, staple crops can be biofortified with essential micronutrients though conventional breeding or genetic engineering. This thesis provided proof of concept that genetically modified East African highland bananas with enhanced provitamin A levels can be generated and fully characterised in Uganda. In addition, provitamin A levels present in popular banana varieties was documented.

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ID Code: 84853
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Paul, Jean-Yves, Dale, James, & Harding, Robert
Keywords: East African Highland Banana, Provitamin A, Carotenoids biosynthesis, Psy gene, Biofortification
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2015 06:24
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2015 06:24

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