23 Sep, 2009
Researchers at Plant & Food Research have bred a new variety of broccoli that contains high levels of glucosinolates.
Listen to audio: Booster Broccoli
Booster Broccoli ™ is the first product in a new range of so-called ‘super’ vegetables. Booster Broccoli ™ contains high levels of glucosinolates, which are converted to anti-cancer agents called sulforaphanes.
In this story, Julian Heyes, Phillip West, Shiju Nair and Marian McKenzie from Plant & Food Research explain to Ruth Beran the compounds in Booster Broccoli ™ and how they are analysed.
Booster Broccoli ™ was developed as part of the Vital Vegetables research programme, which aims to identify, select and enhance vegetables for phytochemical compounds that are good for you.
In August 2009, Booster Broccoli ™ was launched in Australia and should be available in New Zealand in 2010.
Get news story: Science aims to help boost vege industry
Programme details: Our Changing World
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