According to the World Health Organisation, more than 2 billion people across the globe are suffering from dietary deficiency of mineral micronutrients, particularly iron and zinc.
Wheat is one of the staple food crop and hence, a suitable candidate for biofortification.
Since, 2009 Shailender is working on this particular problem and studying the genetic mechanism for mineral micronutrients in wheat and related species.
During his research work in India, he has developed few wheat-Aegilops derivatives with high grain Fe and Zn content by using molecular breeding approaches.
He is working on Watkin’s landraces and wheat germplasm maintained at the John Innes Centre and high grain wheat-Aegilops derivatives (developed in India), to study the mechanism of Fe uptake, transport and storage in wheat by using various modern biochemical and genetic techniques.
His long term goal is to study the genetic regulation of metal homeostasis in crop plants in more detail and enhance the mineral micronutrient in wheat without any yield penalty.