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Shailender Kumar Verma
Dr Shailender Kumar Verma
John Innes Centre
I work in the field of plant biotechnology and bioinformatics, particularly on metal uptake, transport, translocation and storage in crops and biofortification of wheat for mineral micro-nutrients.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 2 billion peoples are suffering from the dietary deficiency of mineral micro-nutrients such as iron. This problem is even severe in developing nations such as India. Wheat is the staple food for majority of global population. Since the year 2009, I am working on this problem and have developed several high grain mineral micronutrient wheat-Aegilops interspecific hybrids by using conventional molecular breeding techniques. Currently, I am working on genetic regulation of metal uptake in cereals by analyzing source-to-sink allocation of mineral nutrients and to enhance the iron levels in the wheat grains.
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