Food and nutrition security exists when all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to food, which is safe and consumed in sufficient quantity and quality to meet their dietary needs and food preferences, and is supported by an environment of adequate sanitation, health services and care, allowing for a healthy and active life.” Committee on World Food Security (2012). Coming to Terms with Terminology: Food Security, Nutrition Security, Food Security and Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Security Rome, Italy, Food and Agricultural Organisation.
Our work focuses on two phytonutrients: anthocyanin and vitamin C
In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.
Our research focuses on two methods to reduce inputs in agriculture
New breeding techniques (NBTs), give scientists the ability to more precisely modify DNA by turning genes on or off or editing DNA. They can pinpoint and remove weakness or insert desired traits already found elsewhere in the species. It’s akin to a biological word processing system that allows scientists to cut and paste DNA almost as easily as if they were editing a journal article.
Our research aim to improve the efficiency of DNA delivery and exploiting these techniques in our target traits.