Potential Sources of high Iron and Zinc Content in Ugandan Bean Germplasm

The study was conducted at National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) at Kawanda in order to identify potential sources of high iron and zinc content, Such varieties would contribute to improved health of bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) consumers, who, despite a high consumption of beans, suffer from anemia caused by micronutrient malnutrition (especially iron and zinc). One hundred and eighty seven genotypes from Uganda were screened for iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) content. The mineral analysis revealed that there was significant (P=0.001) diversity in Fe and Zn content among the Ugandan genotypes with the range of 45 to 87mg/kg of iron and 22 to 40 mg/kg of zinc. Ten Ugandan bean varieties were identified as potential sources of both high iron and zinc content.
L’étude a été menée dans les Laboratoire National de Recherche en Agronomie (NARL) à Kawanda afin d’identifier les sources potentielles de la haute teneur en fer et en zinc ; Ces variétés contribueraient à améliorer la santé des consommateurs de haricot (Phaseolus vulgaris), qui, malgré une consommation élevée de haricots, souffrent d’anémie causée par la carence en micronutriments (en particulier le fer et le zinc). Cent quatre vingt sept génotypes de l’Ouganda ont été projetés pour la teneur en fer (Fe) et en zinc (Zn). L’analyse minérale a révélé qu’il y avait une diversité significative (P = 0,001) dans la teneur en Fe et en Zn entre les génotypes ougandais avec la gamme de 45 à 87mg/kg de fer et 22 à 40 mg / kg de zinc. Dix variétés de haricots ougandais ont été identifiées comme des sources potentielles à la fois de la teneur en fer et en zinc.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Crop Improvement