Maize: Nutrition Dynamics and Novel Uses, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 8132216237
  • ISBN-13: 9788132216230
  • DDC: 633.15
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 161 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introductory Chapter.
2: Nutritive Value of Maize: Improvements, Applications and Constraints.
3: Protein Quality of Maize.
4: Breeding Challenges and Perspectives in Developing and Promoting Quality Protein Maize Germplasm.
5: Maize Protein Quality and Its Improvement: Development of Quality Protein Maize in India.
6: Molecular Interventions for Enhancing the Protein Quality of Maize.
7: Nutritional Quality of Maize.
8: Maize: Grain Structure, Composition, Milling, and Starch Characteristics.
9: Oil Improvement in Maize: Potential and Prospects.
10: Maize Carotenoid Composition and Biofortification for Provitamin a Activity.
11: Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Maize.
12: Insect-Pests and Their Management: Current Status and Future Need of Research in Quality Maize.
13: Physiological Response of Maize Under Rising Atmospheric CO2 and Temperature.
14: Value Addition in Maize.
15: Maize Utilisation in Food Bioprocessing: An Overview.
16: Maize Malting: Retrospect and Prospect.
17: Value Addition in Maize.
18: Fodder Quality of Maize: Its Preservation.
About the Editors.