Among the benefits scientists see in the new variety of wheat is help overcoming iron and zinc deficiencies in large populations of the developing world and offering organic farmers, who aren’t allowed to add enzymes to their feed, the ability to deliver benefits of phosphorus to their animals through their regular diet. The health and growth of animals can be compromised if they don’t utilize phosphorous well, and the surplus that can’t be digested is excreted into the environment.
|Henrik Brinch-Pedersen, an associate professor and molecular biologist and geneticist at Aarhus University.|
The new wheat includes a mutation in which phytase genes are expressed more powerfully than in conventional grains, which results in increased phytase activity, said Henrik Brinch-Pedersen, an associate professor and molecular biologist and geneticist at Aarhus University.“For many years, our aim has been to develop a high phytase activity wheat, and we have now reached that milestone,” he said. “Demonstrating that it is also efficient in animal feed is extremely satisfying.”