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Zinc biofortification of banana fruit

Grant number: 16/24141-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2017
Effective date (End): March 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Crop Science
Principal researcher:Arthur Bernardes Cecílio Filho
Grantee:Gustavo Walace Pacheco Leite
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil


Banana fruit contain approximately 0.1 mg.100 g-1 of zinc (Zn) which is far lower than what is found in red meat (6.3 mg.100 g-1). Therefore, due to the importance to provide food richer in Zn, the objective of project is to evaluate the supply of zinc sulfate (ZnSO4) to banana bunches aiming to biofortify its fruits and fulfill the Zn Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 2 mg.dia-1 for children. For that an experiment will be set up according to a completely randomized design (CRD) in a factorial design 2 (two cultivars - Prata and Cavendish) x 4 (three doses of ZnSO4 and the control) with three repetitions, totaling 24 parcels. Thus, at the moment of the removal of the male flowers from 'Prata Anã' and 'Willians' banana cultivars a plastic bag will be set on the stem containing ZnSO4 solutions: 0 - control; 0.5 g.L-1; 1.0 g.L-1, and 2.0 g.L-1. Fruit will be evaluated when physiologically mature to determine Zn content and quality parameters: colour, moisture, dry matter, titratable acidity, pH, soluble solids and ascorbic acid. (AU)

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