Carotenoid Biofortification of Crops in the CRISPR Era

Xiongjie Zheng, Hendrik N.J. Kuijer, Salim Al-Babili

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Carotenoids are micronutrients important for human health. The continuous improvements in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-based genome-editing techniques make rapid, DNA/transgene-free and targeted multiplex genetic modification a reality, thus promising to accelerate the breeding and generation of ‘golden’ staple crops. We discuss here the progress and future prospects of CRISPR/Cas9 applications for carotenoid biofortification.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)857-860
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 29 2020

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-11-24
Acknowledgements: We thank Dr Jianing Mi for valuable discussions and want to apologize to colleagues whose work could not be discussed and cited here due to space limitations. No conflict of interest declared. This work was supported by baseline funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology


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