Wheat and Barley Grain Biofortification

Wheat and Barley Grain Biofortification

1st Edition - May 19, 2020

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  • Editors: Om Prakash Gupta, Vanita Pandey, Snew Narwal, Pradeep Sharma, Sewa Ram, Gayanendra Pratap Singh
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184455
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184448

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Wheat and Barley Grain Biofortification addresses topics associated with the alleviation of malnutrition in globally diverse populations via wheat and barley biofortification. The book synthesizes the current trends of malnutrition across the globe, the need for wheat and barley nutritional enhancement and how agronomic, microbial and molecular understanding of biofortification can help in devising significant approaches and strategies. In addition, it includes discussions on potential genetic variability available and their efficient utilization in wheat and barley for molecular breeding for nutrients, challenges and opportunities for bioavailability, and technical advancement for analysis of bioavailability.

Key Features

  • Addresses the need for wheat and barley biofortification to address global nutrition demands
  • Places emphasis on the current agronomic and molecular understanding of biofortification
  • Discusses the potential utilization of genetic variability
  • Highlights the economics of biofortification over fortification technology


Researchers in both wheat and barley/cereal science and those exploring means of enhancing nutritional value of foods

Table of Contents

  • 1. The unacceptable status quo: Malnutrition challenges of the developed and developing world
    2. Role of Molecular Approaches in Improving Genetic Variability of Micronutrients and their Utilization in Breeding Programs
    3. Getting more micronutrients from wheat and barley through agronomic biofortification
    4. Anti-nutritional factors and bioavailability: approaches, challenges and opportunities
    5. A decade of progress on genetic enhancement of grain zinc and iron in CIMMYT wheat germplasm
    6. Biofortification of wheat through wide hybridization and molecular breeding
    7. Exploring Genetic Variability for Developing Celiac Disease Safe Wheat
    8. Prospecting plant-microbe interactions for enhancing nutrient availability and grain biofortification
    9. Effect of Storage and Processing Conditions on Nutrient Composition of Wheat and Barley
    10. Advantage of biofortification over fortification technologies
    11. Barley Biofortification: Present Status and Future prospects
    12. Barley grain beta glucan enrichment: Status and opportunities
    13. Biofortification for enhancing nutritional outcomes and policy imperatives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 364
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: May 19, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184455
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184448

About the Editors

Om Prakash Gupta

Due to his outstanding meritorious profile, Dr. Gupta has the distinction of receiving numerous honours, fellowships and awards in recognition to his excellent academic and research contributions. He has been bestowed with Jawahar Lal Nehru Award for outstanding Doctoral thesis by ICAR, University Silver Medal, Aspee Gold Medal and Dr. Kirtikar Memorial Gold Medal during his Bachelor degree programme. Dr. Gupta has published many original research and review papers in peer reviewed international journals. He presented his research papers in several national and international symposia/ workshops/ conferences. He is also editorial board members and reviewers of many international journals. Currently he is working on identification and characterization of Fe/Zn responsive transporters genes in wheat using NGS approach and in vitro bioavailability analysis of micronutrients such as Fe and Zn in wheat grains.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist (Sr. Scale), Plant Biochemistry, Division of Quality and Basic Sciences, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Haryana, India

Vanita Pandey

Dr. Pandey’s areas of specialization are molecular biology, transgenics and plant transformation, bioinformatics tools, plant RNAi studies, proteomics, transcriptomics, microarrays and molecular markers. Dr Pandey is a part of several projects with key focus on nutritional and processing quality enhancement of wheat using biochemical and molecular approaches with major emphasis on wheat grain biofortification. Dr Pandey has worked at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and National Institute for Plant Biotechnology and had developed tobacco transgenics and nutritionally enhanced soybean low-phytate transgenics. Publications include nine research papers, several technical bulletins, articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist (Plant Biochemistry), Division of Quality and Basic Science, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Haryana, India

Snew Narwal

Dr. Narwal’s main area of research is on nutritional and processing quality of wheat and barley. She has worked on the antioxidant potential and phenolic compounds in wheat and barley including the effect of various processing conditions, cooking methods and blending on these traits. She is also working on the biofortification of wheat with iron and Zn and is associated with the identification of wheat lines with high phytase and low phytic acid content. She is associated with studies on biochemical parameters of grain in relation to the malting quality of barley especially beta-glucan and proanthocyanidins. She is actively associated with the quality component of All India Coordinated Research Programme on wheat and barley.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist, Division of Quality and Basic Sciences, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Haryana, India

Pradeep Sharma

Dr. Sharma’s research focuses on Agriculture Biotechnology, specifically on the characterization of genes and SSRs for abiotic stresses (drought and heat) and understating the role of epigenetics, Gene silencing and small RNAs in for wheat improvement. He has been associated with several networking projects funded as Agri-Bioinformatics Promotion Program, ACIAR-DST, and DBT-BBSRC, ICAR Networking projects on AMMAS, Cabin and AMAAS schemes etc. He has published 90 peer reviewed papers, editor of six books published in CRC, Elsevier and Academic Press, and 20 book chapters. Dr Sharma has been associated with a recently released bread wheat variety DBW71 and three trait specific genetic and has been awarded with ICAR-Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award, NAAS- Young Scientist 2007 and ISCA- Pran Vohra Awards. Dr Sharma is Chief Editor of Journal of Cereal Research and editorial of several journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist (Biotechnology), Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Haryana, India

Sewa Ram

Dr. Ram has focused on the area of wheat grain quality for the last 22 years. He has contributed significantly in understanding the wheat grain quality at molecular, biochemical, rheological and baking levels. Knowledge and the material generated have opened new avenues for wheat breeders to improve processing and nutritional quality of wheat. His main area of interest is characterization of biochemical/molecular components associated with processing and nutritional quality of wheat and development of superior wheat cultivars with enhanced nutritional quality traits. He developed micro level tests for various quality traits and characterized genes for grain hardness, glutenins, phytase and developed functional marker for LMW glutenin Glu-B3b. He developed mutants with high phytase levels in high yielding background in wheat for increasing bioavailability of micronutrients in human beings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist (Plant Biochemistry) and Principal Investigator (Wheat Quality), ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Haryana, India

Gayanendra Pratap Singh

Dr. G.P. Singh has vast experience in wheat research for more than 25 years. He has developed 37 wheat varieties and 34 genetic stocks suited to different agro climatic zones of the country. Dr. Singh has published more than 160 research and review papers in reputed peer journals. He is recipient of several prestigious awards such as Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and BP Pal Gold Medal. He is fellow of many scientific academies and societies such as National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Society of Advancement of Wheat Research, Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology. He has actively organised several workshops and symposia and chaired many scientific sessions. He is actively involved in mobilization of wheat technologies from lab to farmer’s field.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Haryana, India

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