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Life Sciences - Agriculture | Maize: Nutrition Dynamics and Novel Uses

Maize: Nutrition Dynamics and Novel Uses

Chaudhary, Dharam Paul, Kumar, Sandeep, Singh, Sapna (Eds.)

2014, X, 161 p. 27 illus., 17 illus. in color.

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  • The topic has significance in solving the global food security problem
  • The book focuses on the nutritional aspects, which would be helpful in addressing the problem of malnutrition, especially in children and women
  • It presents the latest updates on nutritional research in maize, written by various experts in the field. -Effect of climate change on maize production is discussed in detail
Maize is a globally important crop mainly utilized as feed, food and raw material for diverse industrial applications. Among cereals, it occupies third place after rice and wheat and is a staple food for a large segment of population worldwide particularly in the Asian as well as African countries. This monogram discusses various aspects of nutritional quality of maize such as quality protein maize which has been considered as most significant discovery in enhancing nutritional quality of cereals in terms of increasing the concentration of essential amino acids. The biochemistry of starch which is an important industrial product of maize has been discussed in detail. Further, the role of maize oil which is highly regarded for human consumption as it reduces the blood cholesterol concentration has also been elaborated. Naturally, maize is a rich source of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, cryptoxanthin which have highly diverse health benefits ranging from maintaining normal vision to lowering of oxidative stress. The need for biofortification of maize for provitamin A carotenoids and their role in alleviating vision impairments have also been discussed. The effect of various biotic and abiotic stresses particularly carbon dioxide and temperature on quality has been discussed thoroughly. Many value-added products as well as fermented foods that have been produced from maize which is consumed in different forms worldwide are also discussed. The aspects related to the maize application as fodder and as a source of malting have also been covered concisely. Overall, the book provides complete information about various quality aspects of maize. The various stakeholders such as maize researchers, extension specialists, students, teachers as well as farmers will be immensely benefitted from this monogram.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biofortification - Corn - Corn oil - Corn protein - Nutritional quality

Related subjects » Agriculture - Biochemistry & Biophysics - Food Science & Nutrition - Global Change - Climate Change

Table of contents 

Section A: Introductory chapter.- 1. Nutritive value of maize: Improvements, applications and constraints.- Section B: Protein quality of maize.- 2 Breeding challenges and perspectives in developing and promoting quality protein maize germplasm.- 3 Maize protein quality and its improvement- development of quality protein maize (QPM) in India.- 4 Molecular interventions for enhancing the protein quality of maize.- Section C: Nutritional quality of maize.- 5 Maize: Grain structure, composition, milling and starch characteristics.- 6 Oil improvement in maize: potential and prospects.- 7.Maize carotenoid composition and biofortification for provitamin a activity.- Section D: Biotic and abiotic stresses in maize.- 8 Insect pests and their management: current status and future need of research in quality maize.- 9. Physiological response of maize under rising atmospheric CO2 and temperature.- Section E: Value addition in maize.- 10 Maize utilization in food bioprocessing: An overview.- 11 Maize malting: Retrospect and prospect.- 12. Value addition in maize.- 13. Fodder quality of maize: its preservation.

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Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India

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