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Beating around the berry bush

by Medindia Content Team on  August 2, 2006 at 10:05 AM Research News   - G J E 4
Beating around the berry bush
Scientists are mustering their prowess in adding muscle to existing blackcurrants with a view to making them a storehouse of Vitamin-C , which will reflect in nutritive fruit beverages. The Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee has zeroed in on how Vitamin C is manufactured in the blackcurrant bushes, so that they could look at innovating the process for a better yield.
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This study costing about Ģ1.2m will endeavor to enhance the quality of fruit and vitamins by changing starch reserves on the plant. SCRI team leader Dr Robert Hancock said "Vitamin C is vital to tissue growth and repair and gives a big boost to the immune system, but because it dissolves in water the body cannot store it. We need to eat vitamin C-rich food every day, but people just do not get enough. Blackcurrants contain more vitamin C than oranges, so boosting that even further can only be a good thing."

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