“One of the problems is that broccoli actually turns yellow in the fridge quite quickly,” said David Pink, from Warwick HRI, University of Warwick.
It is hoped that by studying broccoli researchers will learn more about keeping vegetables fresh.
added: “So what we are going to do in this project is to look at the
genetics of the vegetable and, in effect, come up with a DNA profile of
what makes a good broccoli that stays green and does not go floppy
“There is already some evidence that nutrients start dropping as soon as the heads have been harvested; about half of the vitamin C content is lost after about three days
“What we are also going to try to look at is if we can use genetics to retain the nutrients in the head. So, as well as looking good, it will be doing good as well.”
Eighteen projects have received
grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
totalling £13 million. The properties of the broccoli will be assessed
at harvest and after storage. The research will look for natural traits
and variations in broccoli and will not use genetic modification.
The findings, which will also look at vitamins and flavour during will be used by project partners Syngenta.
For further information contact:
Professor David Pink
Tel 024 765 74982
Richard Fern, Press Officer,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 8UW
Tel 07876 217740
For a video news release go to http://www.research-tv.com/stories/health/broccoli/
REF PR 02 RWF 10 Jan 2007