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Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems | Plants For Human Health Institute

Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems | Plants For Human Health Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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A new NCSU study at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus focuses on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant also found in leafy greens such as kale & spinach, is associated with lowered risk for cataracts & age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Allan Brown, Asst. Prof., Horticultural Science & the Plants for Human Health Institute, received a $1 55,525 grant from the NC Biotechnology Ctr. for broccoli research with matching funding from Monsanto.

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Plants for Human Health Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coordinates: 35°30′05″N 80°37′26″W / 35.501486°N 80.6240119°W / 35.501486; -80.6240119

The Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is a North Carolina State University research and education organization located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. The institute is devoted to research involving food crops, like fruits and vegetables, and the potential health-promoting properties they convey when consumed.

PHHI is part of the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which staffs the institute with faculty from the departments of horticultural science; food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences; plant biology; genetics; and agricultural and resource economics.[1] The institute has both research and Cooperative Extension components. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, a world-renowned blueberry researcher,[2] is director of the Plants for Human Health Institute.[3]

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Among the crops studied are blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, and strawberries.

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Biotech Center awards $2.9M in loans, grants across NC :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire

Biotech Center awards $2.9M in loans, grants across NC :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Allan Brown, of the Plants for Human Health Institute, part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, received $95,525 to evaluate the potential to increase lutein in commercial broccoli. The project could yield a superior product for Monsanto which can be offered to consumers to reduce onset & progression of degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts & age-related macular degeneration.

 

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A Visit to an "Emerald City" of Science - Science Careers Blog

A Visit to an "Emerald City" of Science - Science Careers Blog | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Science Careers visited with researchers at the collaborative North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, a joint venture of several North Carolina universities. The innovative campus, designed to foster interdisciplinary research, includes the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

 

Among other researchers interviewed were PHHI researchers, food scientist Mary Ann Lila, molecular geneticist Allan Brown, metabolic engineer Xu "Sirius" Li, and pharmacogeneticist Slavko Komarnytsky, The group studies health-promoting properties of foods and food-derived products. Among the crops studied are berries and broccoli.

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