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Sherry A. Tanumihardjo
Associate Professor,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Micronutrient Enhancement through Biofortification
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
11:30 am - Noon

Abstract: Diverse diets rich in micronutrients offer a sustainable solution to undernutrition among the poor. However, for the poor, meals consist of staple foods. The biofortification strategy targets the poor by adding nutrients to staple foods through plant breeding. Biofortified crops offer a rural-based intervention that reaches more remote populations and then extends to urban populations. Biofortification complements other micronutrient programs.
photo of Sherry A. Tanumihardjo
Sherry Tanumihardjo manages a progressive research and outreach team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She has more than twenty-five years of experience with vitamin A and carotenoids. Her multidisciplinary research approach is enhanced by her broad educational background in chemistry (BS), biochemistry (MS), and nutrition (PhD). Her research foci include vitamin A assessment methodology and carotenoid bioavailability. She is a strong advocate for the promotion of nutritionally enhanced staple foods, vegetables, and fruits to enhance overall health and general well-being. In addition to her work on nutritionally enhanced staple crops, current research efforts include the interaction of phytochemicals in carrots of various colors. Tanumihardjo has authored and co-authored many research publications, chapters and technical documents. Her research group works with a number of animal models (i.e., gerbils, rats, pigs and monkeys) to answer various questions on issues related to vitamin A toxicity and deficiency. Moreover, the team does not stop there, but they take the research outcomes and apply them to the human model. In that regard, the team has conducted studies in humans in the United States, Indonesia, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Zambia.

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