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Apr 4, 2012

Inventor of Beneforte Broccoli Nominated for UK BBSRC Innovator Award

Dr. Richard Mithen
inventor of Beneforte broccoli
Photo: IFC
On 4 April 2012 the Institute for Food Research in the United Kingdom announced that Professor Richard Mithen was a finalist in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year Awards for the development of Beneforte broccoli.  This new variety of broccoli has higher phytonutrient levels of glucoraphanin, which increases antioxidant enzyme levels and is believed to lower rates of heart disease and cancer.  The public sales of Beneforte broccoli began in the United Kingdom in October 2011.

Dr. Mithen has been nominated as BBSRC Innovator of the Year in the category of Best Social Innovator category.  This award is given to honor scientists who develop their "excellent bioscience research" into "outcomes that positively affect quality of life for everyone."  Dr. Mithen's research was funded by the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre.  

For more see: 

"Beneforte broccoli finalist in national innovation competition," Institute of Food Research Press Release, 4 April 2012.

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