Crop Biotech Update

Invasive Weed Extract Could Help Treat Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes

March 17, 2021

An international team led by the researchers at Hiroshima University discovered the extract from bluestem grass (Andropogon virginicus) could be used to help treat chronic human diseases including cancer and type 2 diabetes.

The team of researchers found high levels of flavonoids in the extract of bluestem grass. The extract appeared to bond with free radicals which helps prevent the knock-on cellular actions that could lead to type 2 diabetes. The extract was also observed to kill off blood cancer cells. The extract also provides promising sources of anti-tumor and anti-tyrosinase agents which could be useful for crop protection and creating alternative medicines for human diseases.

For more details, read the article in Plants.

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