Arsenic in Rice: Latest Developments in Biogeochemical Processes and in Regulation/Policy

In addition to arsenic in groundwater, arsenic in rice grown under reducing conditions in paddy fields represents an important exposure route and health risk for millions of people around the world. Prof Meharg will summarise recent developments in research on controlling arsenic levels in rice, either related to mineral-pore water solution-plant interactions or via other mechanisms, and will also discuss health risks and recent changes in the position of the FAO and Food Standard Agency on regulation. Prof Meharg's work has been recently summarised in Nature Outlook  ( http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v514/n7524_supp/full/514S62a.html ) and highlighted in a Channel 4 Dispatches programme broadcast on Monday evening (at be repeated at 2.30 am on Friday morning).

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