Daikon a promising anti-cancer vegetable


The project will utilise an HPLC technique to quantify glucosinolates, and a GCFID technique to identify and quantify hydrolysis products (isothiocyanates, nitriles etc) formed from these glucosinolates. An in vitro cell assay using mouse hepatoma cells will be used to quantify the ability of plant extracts to induce detoxification enzymes, using quinone reductase as an indicator enzyme. Antiproliferation activity of plant extracts will be tested using human K562 leukaemia cells.


New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

Objective Summary

Identify daikon and radish varieties with highest anticancer activity following on from DAQ307A which identified daikon and radish sprouts as having extremely high anticancer potential. Provide labelling advice in relation to the strongest possible claims that can be made.

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Project Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Promoting and maintaining good health

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NEPI-Feasibility studies and industry literature reviews


Related publications


Protective Health Benefits of White Radish Sprouts– Their glucosinolate content and potential chemo-protective activity against cancer