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New research shows that animals tend to evolve toward larger size over time

Does evolution follow certain rules? If, in the words of the famed evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, one could "rewind the tape of life", would certain biological trends reemerge? Asked...

Minimising ‘false positives’ is key to vaccinating against bovine TB

New diagnostic tests are needed to make vaccination against bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) viable and the number of false positives from these tests must be below 15 out of every 10,000 cattle...

Reducing GM crop contamination risks by turning cross-pollinators into self-pollinators

Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph...

Probiotic toxin fights coldwater disease in rainbow trout

When a rainbow trout falls prey to coldwater disease, its colorful body erodes into ragged wounds and ulcers. The bacterial infection can kill up to 30 percent of hatchery stock and costs...

Malaria vaccine candidate produced from algae

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used algae as a mini-factory to produce a malaria parasite protein. The algae-produced protein, paired with an...

BBSRC and USDA-NIFA partner for animal disease prevention research

BBSRC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have announced five jointly-funded research awards that total more £2.3M from BBSRC and...

Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference

Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides....

Aggressive plant fungus could pose threat to wheat production in UK

The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting a serious threat to wheat production in the UK, according to research published in Genome Biology . The research uses...

Catch up on the latest animal sector news, funding and events

We have today published our latest Animal Sector newsletter. If you didn't get a copy you can click here to view it in your browser. To make sure that you don't miss out in future, why not ...

Horizon 2020 open calls

The ABSIG has gone through the H2020 calls currently open and relevant to algae and made them available in one document. Calls relate to biofuels, water management and CO2 mitigation - so check...

Enhancing high-temperature tolerance in plants

A research group at the Kobe University Graduate School of Agricultural Science Functional Phytochemistry Laboratory has identified for the first time that the (E)-2-hexenal, a plant-derived...

New polymer powder quality test for beer and other beverages

In order to guarantee the high quality of their beer, breweries monitor the production process very closely. A new polymer powder has been designed that will could this monitoring process faster...

New algae species helps corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet

A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius - temperatures that...

New biobattery process improves the efficiency of biogas plants

Biogas plants are an important element for a decentralised energy supply. They produce electricity from renewable resources and can compensate for highly fluctuating wind and solar energy. There...

From Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture, 11 March at Rothamsted

Agri-Tech East have a regular progreamme of events that  they call "Pollinators" that are designed to bring together farmers and growers with entrepreneurs, researchers and...

£70m Agri-Tech Catalyst – Projects funded in Rounds 1 and 2

The £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions...

European Algae Biomass Conference

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015 - Thursday 23 April 2015 Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Register here     ACI’s 5th annual European Algae Biomass...

Have you developed a non-destructive technology that can monitor freshness of food?

A multinational kitchen appliance manufacturer is seeking technologies, solutions and innovations that can be used to assess or monitor various parameters that determine the state of fresh...

Do you want to shape future research priorities in UK life sciences?

The National Physical Laboratory would like to hear about your measurement needs , and so influence the future direction of the next UK Measurement Strategy which...

Profit from complexity by attending one of our consortia building workshops for forthcoming "integrated omics" competition

The   Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting two consortia building workshops for a forthcoming "Integrated Omics" competition. Innovate UK is to invest up to £2m to...
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