Mapping iron flow
Whether as a natural food supplement component or part of animal feed, could chloroplasts help to alleviate food demands?
Lead researchers: Dr David A.Gray, Dr Liz Bailey
Keeping our world population healthy is a growing concern, especially as resources struggle to meet growing demands. Are there alternative ways to gain nutrients from other sources?
This project tests the properties of subcellular organelles as functional food ingredients. Chloroplasts have potential as a functional food ingredient, as part of animal feed, and as a natural food supplement component. By mapping the flow of minerals in these chloroplasts, the project will establish the bioaccessibility of the target minerals and their potential for use as food.