An expanding population requires both an increase in the amount of food that we produce from our agricultural systems but also improvements to the quality of that food. Such advances will be integral to preventing nutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger’. As part of a European consortium of researchers under the Horizon 2020 funded CropBooster-P programme, we have identified how the nutritional quality of crops and the bioavailability of individual nutrients can be optimised, including the genetic control behind such improvements. This highlight possibilities for the future improvement of or plant products whilst highlighting how a more diverse crop range with improved nutritional profile could help to shift to healthier and more sustainable plant-based diets.

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