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Final Report - AMARANTH:FUTURE-FOOD (Adding Value to Holy Grain: Providing the Key Tools for the Exploitation of Amaranth the Protein-Rich Grain of the Aztecs)

Project ID: 32263
Funded under: FP6-INCO

Abstract

The effects of food on human health are central issues both in Europe and in Latin America. Malnourished children and adults living in rural areas need much better access to protein-rich food supply. Amaranth grains and leaves are protein-rich and have a good balance of essential amino acids. Amaranth is a C4 plant, resistant to drought and heat. Strong efforts have been done by for instance FAO, in retrieving and disseminating the knowledge of amaranth cultivation However, a range of still not solved problems for the sustainable use of amaranth exist.

A number of scientific papers with results from the project was published and more are under way. This publishable final activity report presents selected results from our research into the industrial use of amaranth and the use of amaranth as food, feed and food additives together with our results from extensive cultivation trials on 18 different amaranth genotypes in five research sites with varying climate. Results from our studies on drought and insect resistance and weed compatibility of amaranth genotypes are also described. In this report, we also share our experience with the audience on our end-user focus in two Nicaraguan women's agricultural cooperatives.

The members of these cooperatives implemented amaranth cultivation and developed amaranth food products adapted to traditional Nicaraguan taste. The report includes numerous charts graphs, photos, and diagrams of chemical structures.

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Record Number: 11418 / Last updated on: 2011-04-14
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