Biofortified Non-GMO ‘Orange Corn’ Offers Improved Nutrition

A Purdue University professor who developed a biofortified orange corn using traditional breeding techniques is now making it commercially available in the United States through the startup NutraMaize LLC. Torbert Rocheford worked to increase the amount of antioxidant carotenoids in corn, making the corn more nutritious and orange in color. The resulting corn is designed to be milled for use as a food ingredient, and NutraMaize is developing varieties with a focus on taste and nutrition. The orange corn is licensed through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.