Growing Milkweed (a plant with prospective anti-cancer properties)

  • 16 pages

  • Published: 1 Jan 2002

  • Author(s): Davis, Craig, Dr, Parsons, Peter, Dr

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The economy of Australia since settlement has depended heavily on primary production. Continuing innovation in the development of products and technology has been required to cope with changing world markets and conditions. At the personal level, the harsh Australian environment has taken a toll on the health of rural stakeholders, as well as on the Australian population at large. This can be seen in the high incidence of skin cancer, particularly in outdoor workers.

The present project may result in a unique opportunity for primary producers to contribute to their own wellbeing through the development of an effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. A new, specialist crop might also emerge.