Nutrient biofortification and exclusion of pollutants in food plants Academic Article uri icon


  • DOI: http://dx. doi. org/10.1065/espr2007. 12.472 the most important reaction on earth, photosynthesis, in the course of which sugar molecules are produced from water and carbon dioxide in a complicated, light-driven reaction, and oxygen is produced simultaneously. Life on earth in its present form would not be possible without the production of carbohydrases in the respiratory chain. A system which diffuses into a state of imbalance, one that is fed by constantly increasing CO2 emissions and the simultaneous indiscriminate destruction of tropical rain forests in particular, represents a great ecological and economic challenge for mankind due to the resulting greenhouse effect. With respect to their effect on the flow of matter and of energy in the food chain, plants represent an important link between the atmosphere and the soil, on the one hand, and between consumers from the first to the …

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  • March 1, 2008