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AICRP- Small millets, MDRF (2)

Objectives

·         To standardize the iron estimation procedure and fixing bench mark values of iron in finger and foxtail millets

·         To breed small millet (finger and foxtail millets) genotypes with high grain iron content

·         To confirm and demonstrate the bio-fortification technique across locations for iron bio-fortification

·         To evaluate the nutrient, iron and iron bio-accessibility in varieties of finger and foxtail millets.

·         To prepare and evaluate food products using foxtail millet and finger millet which may be suitable for mid-day meal schemes. 

Target trait (ppm)

 

Small millets

 

Threshold

Target

Iron

65

90

Zinc

31

40

 

ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Small Millets (AICRP-SM), Bangalore

PI: Dr Prabhakar, Project Coordinator (Small Millets)

CoPI:   Dr YA Nanja Reddy

  

To standardize the iron estimation procedure and fixing bench mark values of iron in finger millet

To verify the procedure for estimation of iron and zinc in grain of finger millet, 17 varieties were evaluated for iron and zinc both at GKVK and NBSS & LUP for confirmation. Results revealed that the grain zinc content differed between two laboratories but not significant, however, the mean value of iron did not differ between laboratories (Fig 1) suggesting that the estimation of iron is stable across the laboratories. Further, a positive correlation between two laboratories for zinc and iron (Fig. 2 and Fig. 3) suggests that the method being followed for estimation of elements is appropriate. This method is convenient and large number of samples can be digested and analysed.

 

Fig.1: Finger millet grain Zinc and iron content across the laboratories



 

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