Beneforte broccoli named as major research highlight

The development of nutritionally-enhanced Beneforte broccoli was among the Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council's (BBSRC) major highlights of 2010-11, according to the research funding body's Impact Report, published last week.

Science minister David Willetts described the development of Beneforte as "a fantastic achievement and testament to the quality of research we have in this country".

He added: "This excellent work has led to the development of a highly commercial food product that will be both grown and sold in the UK, giving a real boost to agriculture, our personal health and the economy."

Developed with BBSRC funding by the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre, Beneforte contains enhanced levels of the phytonutrient glucoraphanin, which boosts antioxidants in the body.

It first went on sale in Marks & Spencer in October last year and is expected to become more widely available in other supermarkets during summer 2012.


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