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Conference on the impact of data, science and technology on food security and production, 4 Sep, Exeter

The Exeter Initiative for Science & Technology, ExIST , is hosting a conference on the 4 th September on the impact of data, science and technology on food security and production at the stunning University of Exeter Forum. They tell us that they have a fabulous line up of speakers and a really interesting programme centred around food security – a very topical issue at the...
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New report calls for DEFRA to take lead role to guarantee UK's long-term food security

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published a report on food security calling for DEFRA to take a leading role to guarantee the UK’s long-term food security. The UK’s self-sufficiency in terms of food supply has declined from 87% to 77% over the last 20 years. Anne McIntosh, Chair of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said: "Complacency is a...
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£3M funding to improve the world's most important food crops

BBSRC have announced the successful applicants from the first round of their Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI). Four projects have been awarded a total of £3M funding from BBSRC and Scottish Government. The joint initiative funds research projects, designed in partnership with industry, which will improve the food security of the world's most valuable food crops.   The...
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Funding for food security research

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI) and the Belmont Forum have launched an international call on Food Security and Land Use Change. The call brings together Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, France, the UK, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, South Africa and the USA. Food Security is a global...
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International Development Committee publishes report on Global Food Security

The UK Government's International Development Committee has published its report on Global Food Security and has called for concerted action to curb food wastage in the UK and for expansion of the Department for International Development’s bilateral nutrition programmes.   The report also touches on concerns over the displacement of food crops by biofuel crops. ...
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Event: The CARS (Centre for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability ) Annual Conference Wednesday 19th June 2013- Plymouth University

The annual conference for 2012/2013 will be held on Wednesday 19th June 2013, 0900 - 1700 at Duchy College.   This is a full-day conference, postgraduates and staff are very welcome to attend all or parts of the event. Abstracts They are looking for submissions of abstracts for oral presentations or posters from postgraduate students  Please refer to the ...
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Tackling waste in the food supply chain

  The UK’s Global Food Security Programme is currently undertaking a review of waste and what is known about it.  The Global Food Security Programme is a multi-agency programme bringing together the interests of the Research Councils, Executive Agencies and Government Departments. Increasingly, alongside raising production, managing food’s “demand...
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SMART FROM THE START

International Seed Federation released a new video which describes the steps and time needed to develop a new plant variety. It last for 5 min and you can watch it following this link: http://www.seedquest.com/news.php?type=news&id_article=27958&id_region=&id_categ
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Increasing weight gain could have same impact as increasing population

  Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine  have calculated the weight of the global population. They then estimated the mass of this due to people being overweight or obese. The energy requirement of the population is not only depend on its size but also on its average mass. This paper has extracted some very interesting details from data from the...
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£4M Investment to Improve main UK Cereals Crops

BBRSC announced on April 24th the nine new industry-relevant projects as part of the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC) CIRC is a £7.06M, 5-year partnership between BBRSC, The Scottish Government and a consortium of leading companies, where Biosciences KTN is part of the steering group, to support innovative and excellent research to underpin the development of improved crop...
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World Scientists Tackle Food Insecurity Amidst Climate Change

The final report of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change was launched during the Planet Under Pressure Conference, in London on March 27. The Report , Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change , offers actions to transform the food system to achieve food security in the face of climate change. The Commission, chaired by Sir John...
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Accurate detail, the underground world of plants

Plant and computer scientists can now study the underground world of plants with more accuracy and clarity. The revolutionary technique will improve our chances of breeding better crop varieties and increasing yields. For more details, read the article in the New Paradigms for Crop and Soil Management group by clicking here . Please note : Ensure you are registered / logged-in...
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Horticulture and potato initiative - First call for proposals now open

BBRSC will invest up to £7M through two calls as part of activities related to food security.   Je-S application process open: 15 February 2012 Outline application deadline: 25 April 2012   This call is launched a new collaborative funding activity to support industrial relevant research projects on potato and edible horticulture. This call is...
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Crop Defence for Food and Feed Security

The Interest Group in Crop Defence for Food and Feed Security is being taken forward by the Plants & Crops sector of the Biosciences KTN, with objectives to address some of the technical challenges posed by the withdrawal of crop protection agents, notably those relating to resistance management and food safety issues. This poses a major challenge to realising crop yield potential...
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Plant nourishing gene, Meg1, adds another step forward to increase food production.

Current Biology published “Maternal control of nutrient allocation in plant seeds by genomic imprinting”. It’s a research work led by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the University of Oxford and agricultural biotech research company Biogemma and funded by the European Union and BBRSC. They have identified for the first time a gene, named Meg1 , which...
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Can we feed 7 billion people?

Yes we can, seems to be the message from this optimistic article in the Huffington Post from Sir Gordon Conway . Sir Gordan argues that we will need to use "all the technologies we can lay our hands on" to achieve a "doubling of food production by 2050", but quite rightly stresses "there is no magic bullet". Sometimes GM is presented as...
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Well worth a read - a short history of crop protection

Did you know that "If farmers were to return to using labour instead of crop protection products to pull weeds, U.S. agriculture would need approximately 72 million additional farm labourers to maintain current yields"? Nor did I. I confess I added a u to the words labor and laborer in the original quote as they just irritate me without. The America-centric angle in this...
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Six Grants Awarded from 1st Round of BBSRC's Crop Improvement Club (CIRC)

The BBSRC announced the successful projects from the first of two tranches of projects to be funded by the £7M Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC). These projects, funded by BBSRC, the Scottish Government and 14 companies representing plant breeders, farmers and food processors, will carry out research to improve the quality and yield of oilseed rape, barley and wheat. The...
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Winning bids announced in BBSRC's Advanced Training Partnership call

The four successful consortia in BBSRC 's competition for Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs) in agri-food were announced last week . The four Partnerships that will share £12m grant over five years are: Sustainable and Efficient Food Production Led by the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Science (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University , with Bangor...
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Three new publications on "How the agriculture and food industry profits from innovation" now available

The Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Plant Sector is developing a series of publications to highlight the economic benefit of research and development to the agriculture and food industry. The work detailed in these publications provides an important reference document to inform policy makers about the key role that agriculture has in underpinning the UK economy and opportunities...
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UK Government publishes its position paper on future EU funding for research and innovation

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just published the UK Government's position paper on the future of EU R&D funding . On first look it would seem to give strong support for challenges in which the biosciences provide many potential solutions.  So far I have only scanned the Executive Summary, but that makes interesting reading. The Paper...
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Innovation Farm workshops and open days: where next for UK agriculture

A series of specialist workshops aim to provide a unique insight into how innovation in crop improvement and on-farm production is addressing future food security and environmental challenges.   NIAB Innovation Farm is a d emonstration and networking facility showcasing new crop technology and innovation in plant genetic development to all sectors of the...
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Young Researchers Events in Newcastle and Reading

SCI BioResources Young Researchers 2011:  Science & Technology for Innovation in Agriculture   Call for oral papers and posters open until 20 May   28 June 2011, Newcastle University: More information here 8 July 2011, University of Reading: More information here     PhD students and first post-docs are invited to...
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Science Minister celebrates £26M investment at Norwich Research Park

The Minister for Universities and Science, the Right Hon. David Willetts MP , visited Norwich Research Park (NRP) on the 24th March, following the Budget announcement by Government and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council , which will see £26M invested to deliver innovation from bioscience at Norwich Research Park. Welcoming him, Alan Giles, NRP...
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BBSRC Announces Significant Changes to Doctoral Training

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has today announced significant changes to the way it funds Doctoral Training with Universities and Institutes. For the full details see the BBSRC news item . From a KTN perspective, these changes should be welcomed as they will place a greater emphasis on ensuring doctoral training is better aligned to BBSRC Strategic...
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Three new publications on "How the agriculture and food industry profits from innovation" now available

The Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Plant Sector is developing a series of...

Six Grants Awarded from 1st Round of BBSRC's Crop Improvement Club (CIRC)

The BBSRC announced the successful projects from the first of two tranches of projects to be...

Innovation Farm workshops and open days: where next for UK agriculture

A series of specialist workshops aim to provide a unique insight into how innovation in...