Growing Futures

Berryfruit

Berryfruit with identified health benefits

There is growing evidence that dark-coloured berryfruit can provide additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Cultivars and ingredients with high concentrations of the compounds identified as good for health can demand a premium in the global marketplace.

Plant & Food Research is assessing the natural phytochemical compounds in berries to identify those that deliver additional benefits for health, particularly in the areas of oxidative stress, inflammation and immunity, and cognitive performance and anxiety. We are also investigating the bioactivity of these compounds to optimise their delivery and efficacy, whether as new whole foods or ingredients in processed products.

Our berryfruit breeding programme is developing new cultivars with agronomic characteristics – such as pest and disease resistance and seasonality – as well as consumer characteristics, including high concentrations of health-beneficial compounds.