Arumugam U. Thangavelu

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Maize is the third important major food crop. Breeding for low phytate maize genotypes is an effective strategy for decreasing the content of kernel phytic acid (a chelator of cations such as Ca(2+) and Fe(3+) ) and thereby increasing the bioavailability of nutritive minerals in human diet and animal feed. Previous studies have established that a mutant(More)
Phytic Acid (PA) in maize kernel is an anti-nutritional factor; it chelates mineral cations in human gut and causes mineral deficiency in humans. Therefore, development of low-PA maize is required. Here, we have transferred the low-PA locus (i.e., lpa2-2 allele that confers low-PA trait) by crossing low-PA line “EC 659418” (donor line) with an elite inbred(More)
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