|HarvestZinc Fertilizer Project|
The HarvestZinc Fertilizer Project has been developed under HarvestPlus Program (www.harvestplus.org) and was first started on April 2008. This project seeks to explore and test fertilizer use to improve the Zn concentration of various staple food crops, particularly wheat and rice. Used in concert with breeding approach, the application of Zn fertilizers to soil and/or foliar further encourages and ensures plants to produce Zn dense seed and also contributes to yield.
Biofortification of cereal grains through use of Zn fertilizers (e.g., agronomic biofortification) promises to be:
Combination of breeding and fertilizer use strategies offers great promise and represents an excellent complementary approach to alleviate Zn-deficiency related problems in human nutrition and crop production.
The project has been developed in two phases. The first phase of the project has been completed on May 2011 and supported by the following organizations and fertilizer companies:
Major objectives of the first phase were: