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Funding: £14M for Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context

The Global Food Security (GFS) Programme will soon be announcing a new 5-year interdisciplinary programme of research. The programme has been co-designed by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, Defra and FSA, in...

Programme announced for Design4Life, 2nd July: Learn how to use design to tackle global challenges in health, food & biotech

The KTN is pleased to announce the programme for our Design4Life Workshop which will be held on Thursday 2nd July at 2pm-2.45pm at the Business Design Centre,  52 Upper St, London N1 0QH. ...

Extra DNA creates cucumber with all female flowers

Ask a plant researcher how the sex of a cucumber plant is determined and the person will tell you, “It’s complicated.” Depending on a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors,...

Robotic harvesting of broccoli could be coming to a field near you

A project involving 3D camera technology currently being developed at the University of Lincoln, UK, could result in a fully automatic robotic harvesting system for broccoli. The University...

Scientists reveal underpinnings of drought tolerance in plants

Regions all over the globe are suffering from severe drought, which threatens crop production worldwide. This is especially worrisome given the need to increase, not just maintain, crop yields...

Genetic discovery uncovers key tool for morphine production in poppies

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective painkillers. The discovery, published...

Scientists map blowfly genome

Researchers have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation’s most insidious pests. Around 2000...

FoodIntegrity call for new research on food fraud

The FoodIntegrity consortium has launched €3M call for New Research on Food Fraud with the deadline on 14th August 2015 ( 16:00 BST) .  FoodIntegrity Calls for project Extension (4...

Forthcoming UKTI Agri-tech Trade Organisation Missions to Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia

Specialists from the UKTI Agri-tech Trade Organisation will be attending a number of international conferences and leading trade missions. Find out more below. 29th Jul 2015 - 31st...

Environment Secretary unveils vision for open data to transform food and farming

Vast data reserves from Defra are set to transform the world of food and farming in the single biggest government data giveaway the UK has ever seen, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has...

Round 5 of the £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst is now open

Agricultural science and technology is one of the world's fastest-growing and most exciting markets, driven by global challenges such as a rising population, rapid development of emerging...

Design4Life: How the new trends in health, food and biotech are changing our lives

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, with the size of the ageing demographic expected to swell...

Biosensors in Agriculture - Workshop report

On the 17th June 2015, the KTN organised a meeting titled Biosensors in Agriculture, held in Birmingham. Shown below is a report from the meeting. For many years agriculture has been both...

A successful workshop on Biosensors in Agriculture

Last week, the KTN held a cross-community workshop on Biosensors in Agriculture in Birmingham. The event brought leaders from the Agriculture community togehter with innovators in...

EU Commissioners acclaim biotech innovation and European SMEs at landmark event

“No other sector holds the promise to enhance quality of life, productivity and environmental sustainability through innovation like biotechnology, while also benefitting Europe’s economy and...

Algal Biotechnology Masters at SAMS

The Scottish Marine Institute (SAMS) Masters by Research Programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills required for a career in the exciting growth sector of algal...

Biochemical and biofuel-producing materials in rice straw

For the first time, researchers at Kobe University and RIKEN successfully elucidated the biochemical and biofuel-producing materials contained in rice straw. Future applications include using...

Open Sesame: Making Sesame Seeds a Growth Area in Global Food Production

Many people think of sesame seeds as a topping on hamburger buns at profitable global fast-food chains. But in fact the crop has traditionally been unprofitable and difficult to harvest because...

US Energy Department announces $30m for research into feedstocks for bioenergy

The US Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $30 million in funding for  6 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s Transportation Energy...

£1.3 million in new research could mean a sweeter deal for Scottish berry producers

British berry lovers could get their favourite fruits all year round thanks to three new pioneering UK government funded research projects set to revolutionise Scottish berry production,...
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