Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, was featured in Growing Magazine’s January 2014 issue. The article, “Blueberry Benefits – Researching the fruit’s health properties,” provided an in-depth look at Lila’s passion for research and the berry health benefits she continues to discover.
Mary Ann Lila has never met a blueberry she didn’t like. In fact, if she had her way, every American walking down the street would be popping blueberries into their mouths rather than nutrient-devoid, carbohydrate-dense food.
Berries are a nutritious fruit with a variety of health benefits, and her research will help producers grow a better berry. Fantasy? Not really. Reality is just around the corner, and Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C., is leading the way in this berry research.