Unformatted text preview: fic research on potential functional
foods. Diet and health are closely related.
Thus, crops are now being enhanced
through biotechnology to increase
levels of important biologically active
substances for improved nutrition, to
increase body’s resistance to illnesses,
and to remove undesirable food
components. Which substances are the
ones targeted by biotechnology for
improved health benefits of crops?
improved •Rice enriched with iron and
•Potatoes with higher starch
•Edible vaccines in maize and
•Maize varieties able to grow
in poor conditions.
•Healthier oils from soybean
and Why make GM crops?
Traditionally, a plant breeder tries to exchange
genes between two plants to produce offspring
that have desired traits. This is done by
transferring the male (pollen) of one plant to the
female organ of another.
This cross breeding, however, is limited to
exchanges between the same or very closely
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