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K-State Today Student Edition

October 9, 2012

Nutritional sciences alumnus to give Monsanto fruit and vegetable improvement seminar

By Brian Lindshield

Jonathan Mein

Jonathan Mein will present the seminar "Providing consumers with new, nutritious vegetable options: Communicating the benefits of Beneforté broccoli" from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in 164 Justin Hall.

Mein, a 2005 K-State nutritional sciences alumnus, is a discovery scientist at the Monsanto Center for Food and Nutrition.

The vision for Monsanto Vegetable Seed is to contribute to a healthier, balanced diet by helping growers produce tastier, nutritious vegetables. With dedicated efforts in biochemistry, consumer sensory, vegetable quality and nutrition, the Consumer Research and Development team enables breeders and business with discovery and development of fruit and vegetable varieties enhanced in flavor, appeal, convenience, nutrition, health and wellness.

Mein will discuss the current consumer research and development pipeline as well as the science behind varieties such as Beneforté® Broccoli, which contains 2-3 times more of the phytonutrient glucoraphanin.

Mein also will discuss his career path and talk about what he has learned along the way from Girard, Kan., to Kansas State University to Tufts University, to the pharmaceutical industry, to one of the world’s largest agriculture biotechnology companies.