Corn is one of most widely produced feed grains in the United States and considers for more than 95 percent of total production and use.
A team of scientists from US have found a way to genetically engineer corn to produce amino acid that is found in meat, according to a new report.
While processing, the team inserted a bacterial gene that causes corn to make methionine which is a crucial nutrient for healthy skin, nail, and hair. The sulfur in methionine protects cells against pollutants, slows down cell aging and is necessary for absorbing minerals such as selenium and zinc.
Researchers said that the finding could help millions of people who depend on corn as an essential and could lower animal feed costs.
Various industries are spending billions in adding synthetic methionine to field corn seed, which does not produce this amino acid naturally.
A professor who directs the Waksman Institute of Microbiology and co-author, Joachim Messing said that this is very expensive energy consuming process.
Messing also said that at Rutgers University, researchers fed the genetically engineered corn to chickens and identified it was notorious for them,
It is also possible to grow corn that contains this amino acid without using genetic engineering process, according to the researchers. For example, industries can feed plants with different sulfur nutrient’s sources as fertilizer.
This will definitely require additional work and there is no guarantee for the expected result. But researchers believe that changes in fertilizer’s use can help to achieve the desired outcome.