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Biofortification of Food Crops

  • Ummed Singh
  • C S Praharaj
  • S S Singh
  • N P Singh
  • Provides updated information on quality/enriched food

  • Elaborates on Biofortification and Hidden hunger that are one of the

  • thrust areas of ‘Millennium Development Goal’ of UN

  • International experts and institutions as contributors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Biofortification for Health and Nutrition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ummed Singh, C S Praharaj, S. K. Chaturvedi, Abhishek Bohra
      Pages 3-18
    3. Purushottam Sharma, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Deepak Singh
      Pages 19-30
    4. Soumitra Das, Andrew Green
      Pages 31-40
    5. N P Singh, Aditya Pratap
      Pages 41-50
    6. A. K. Parihar, Abhishek Bohra, G. P. Dixit
      Pages 61-71
    7. I. P. Singh
      Pages 73-81
  3. Biofortification Through Biotechnology and Breeding Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Abhishek Bohra, Uday Chand Jha, Sushil Kumar
      Pages 85-103
    3. A. Das, S. Thakur, K. R. Soren, S. Datta, N P Singh
      Pages 105-113
    4. K. R. Soren, P. S. Shanmugavadivel, Priyanka Gangwar, Pallavi Singh, A. Das, N P Singh
      Pages 115-128
    5. Lalit Kumar, Nand Lal Meena, Ummed Singh
      Pages 129-146
    6. Jitendra Kumar, Rohit Kant, Syed Mohd Quatadah, Shiv Kumar, Ashutosh Sarker
      Pages 147-156
  4. Biofortification with Improved Agronomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Anil Kumar, Anil K. Choudhary, Vijay Pooniya, Vinod K. Suri, Ummed Singh
      Pages 159-176
    3. Kaushik Majumdar, Saroj Kumar Sanyal, Sudarshan Kumar Dutta, T. Satyanarayana, V. K. Singh
      Pages 177-198
    4. C S Praharaj, Ummed Singh, S S Singh, Narendra Kumar
      Pages 199-215

About this book


The chapters presented in this book ‘Biofortification of Food Crops’ depict how agricultural technological interventions have true role in alleviating malnutrition. This book highlights the role of multidisciplinary approaches to cope up with the challenges of micronutrient malnutrition or hidden hunger which is an alarming public health issue in most parts of the world including India. In this endeavour, different biofortification approaches such as agronomic (or ferti-fortification), breeding, biotechnological, physiological, microbial etc. has fulfilled their different mandates of nutrient enrichment of food crops including cereals and pulses. The contents of the book proves that biofortified plants have adequate potential to nourish nutrient depleted soils, help increase crop productivity and provide nutritional benefits to plants, humans and livestock.  The content and quality of information presented in this book will definitely provide multiple novel ideas of advance techniques and will stimulate innovative thoughts and directions amongst researchers and policy makers in the field of biofortification. In addition, the contributions presented in the book will be a good source of background knowledge and technical know-how to educate the readers about biofortification. The authors hope that the book entitled “Biofortification of Food Crops” would provide a suitable platform in our collective efforts for an appropriate dialogue among the scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and farmers in reducing the budding issues of malnutrition through novel approaches and means.


Anti-nutrients Biofortification Food Crops Hidden Hunger Quality Breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • Ummed Singh
    • 1
  • C S Praharaj
    • 2
  • S S Singh
    • 3
  • N P Singh
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Crop ProductionIndian Institute of Pulses ResearchkanpurIndia
  2. 2.Division of Crop ProductionICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses ResearchKanpurIndia
  3. 3.Division of Crop ProductionICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses ResearchKanpurIndia
  4. 4.ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses ResearchKanpurIndia

About the editors

Dr Ummed Singh is a Senior Scientist at ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, India. Earlier Dr Singh served as Assistant Professor at SKUAST of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. He did his Post-Doctorate (2009-11) at the Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, P.R. China, where he worked on ‘Biofortification of Wheat’. He is currently responsible for developing efficient pulse based cropping systems, biofortified pulses and next generation fertilizers. His research findings have been documented in over 125 referred publications. He also serves as Editor, reviewer of national and international journals and holding life membership of 11 professional societies. Dr Singh has visited to China, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates etc. Dr Singh has also been awarded IMPHOS-FAI Award-2013, Best Poster-2014, SHRIRAM PURUSKAR 2013-14 and Innovative Scientist of the Year-2014.

Dr C S Praharaj is Principal Scientist at ICAR- IIPR Kanpur. He has also worked at CPRI, Shimla, CSWCRTI, Dehradun, CICR, Nagpur. His research interest is primarily on ‘enhancing water productivity per drop of water use’ through Resource conservation and Precision agriculture technologies. He has published 76 Research Papers, 2 books, 16 Book Chapters, 06 Technical Bulletins, 64 Papers in Proceedings/ symposium/ seminar, 51 Popular Articles and 24 compendiums/reports besides editor in three journals. He has visited the countries like, Egypt, Bangladesh and Nepal. He has also been awarded appreciation from Govt. of Odisha and Shriram Puruskar 2013-14.

Dr S S Singh is Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Crop Production, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur. Earlier, he has been Head, Division of Crop Research at ICAR-RCER Patna, and Assistant Professor, Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa, Bihar. His research interest is primarily in conservation agriculture, Integrated Farming Systems and Climate resilient agriculture. He has published 88 Research Papers, 3 books, 15 Book Chapters, 12 Technical Bulletins, 105 Papers in Proceedings/ symposium/ seminar, 45 Popular Articles and 42 Extension Folders. He has visited USA, UK, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh and Nepal. He is recipient of Excellent Team Research Award of ICAR, Rajeev Gandhi Maulik Lekhan Award of Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI and Fellow of Indian Society of Agronomy.

Dr Narendra Pratap Singh, is a Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur. Previously, Dr Singh was Project Coordinator (Chickpea). He did Post Doctorate from WA Biotechnology Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2000) and Plant Biotechnology Institute, NRC, Saskatoon, Canada (2004). He has published over 150 research/conference papers. He served as Editor-in Chief, Journal of Food Legumes and Editors of more than 15 Indian and International Journals. Presently, he is also President of Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, IIPR, Kanpur. He have been recipient of ‘Bioved Agri-Innovative Award-2015’ conferred by Bioved Research Institute, Allahabad.

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