SAfrica okays sorghum trials to improve nutrition in Africa: officialThe South African government Thursday approved trials on genetically-modified sorghum sorghum, tall, coarse annual (Sorghum vulgare) of the family Gramineae (grass family), somewhat similar in appearance to corn (but having the grain in a panicle rather than an ear) and used for much the same purposes. in a bid to improve nutrition in Africa, an official statement said.
The official nod to undertake the greenhouse trials on sorghum was given to South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation. It was established by an act of parliament in 1945 and is situated on its own campus in the city of Pretoria. (CSIR CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana)
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Sorghum is an African crop and staple food of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.
While it is one of the few crops that grow well in arid parts, it is lacking in most essential nutrients and it has poor protein digestibility, the statement said.
Scientific evidence shows that deficiencies in essential micronutrients This is a list of micronutrients.
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Malnutrition is a major cause of the rise in the many non-communicable diseases, especially in Africa.
The Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) project -- which involves seven African and two US organisations -- seeks to develop a more nutritious and easily digestible sorghum that contains increased levels of essential amino acids, especially lysine lysine (lī`sēn), organic compound, one of the 20 amino acids commonly found in animal proteins. Only the l-stereoisomer appears in mammalian protein. , increased levels of Vitamins A and E, and more available iron and zinc.
The CSIR Biosciences executive director, Gatsha Mazithulela, said the project approval "is in the best interest of scientific inquiry and provides a basis for making a difference to the neediest people of our continent."