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Multi-nutrient rice against malnutrition

The new rice line in the greenhouse can supply rice consumers with three essential micronutrients in the future. (Image: ETH Zurich / courtesy of Navreet Bhullar)

ETH researchers have developed a new rice variety that not only has increased levels of the micronutrients iron and zinc in the grains, but also produces beta-carotene as a precursor of vitamin A. This could help to reduce micronutrient malnutrition, or «hidden hunger», which is widespread in developing countries.