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Working towards conservation and sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources

KTN's Huw Jones is a member the   Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee (FAnGR) , which provides advice to Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on all issues relating to farm animal genetic resources particularly its conservation and sustainable use.  These resources include: livestock conserved embryos ...
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Catch up on the latest plant sector news, funding and events

The April edition of KTN's  Plant  Sector newsletter  is now out, packed full with all the latest funding opportunities, events and research news of relevance to the plants and crops sector. If you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here  or on the image below to view this newsletter in your browser. This month we are featuring a...
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Could your company benefit from EU funding?

UK companies often overlook funding opportunities from European programmes, however, these are well worth considering. There is a range of EU funding programmes  that support business led innovation in agri-food sector.   Funding for plants and crops projects from Horizon2020 Horizon2020 is the largest EU programme specifically supporting research and...
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Improving crop performance with new biotechnology

With the world's population exploding to well over 7 billion, feeding the human race is getting even more challenging. Increasing the yield from crops such as wheat, maize, rice and barley, is paramount to growing enough food. In addition, crop production is now affected by stressors such as drought, climate change and the salinization of fields -- presenting obstacles to our future food...
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Catch up on the latest animal sector news, funding and events from KTN

The latest edition of KTN's  Animal Sector newsletter   is now out, packed with all the latest funding opportunities, events and research news. If you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here  or on the image below to view this newsletter in your browser. The best way to make sure that you see the newsletter as soon as it comes out is to get...
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CHAP: A new Centre for Crop Health and Protection

A new Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) has just been launched under the government’s Agri-Tech strategy.   CHAP will facilitate collaboration between academia and industry to give farmers access to the best and most sustainable technologies, strategies and protocols to improve crop performance.  The centre will be located at the National...
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New call from UK Aquaculture Initiative: £1.2M funding for innovation projects

NERC and BBSRC are inviting proposals for innovation projects to the UK Aquaculture Initiative , which builds on the 2014 Sustainable Aquaculture capacity-building call. Approximately  £1.2M  of funding is available for this call for projects that meet the needs of the UK aquaculture industry and create sustainable, tangible economic or societal benefits. Proposals...
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Over 70% of essential crop wild relative species in urgent need of collection

Many of the wild plants which will be the building blocks for future global food supply are missing from the world's genebanks, according to new research by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in coordination with the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) and the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew. These so-called crop wild relatives (CWR) -- distant cousins of...
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Ashes to ashes: New survey predicts Ash will be wiped out in Europe

The future for ash looks bleak, according to a new survey of its biology and ecology. The review by tree expert Dr Peter Thomas is the largest-ever survey of this much-loved tree and is published today in the Journal of Ecology. Ash ( Fraxinus excelsior ) is native throughout most of the British Isles. It is an important urban tree in our towns and cities, is the second most abundant...
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KTN's plant sector newsletter is out today

The March edition KTN's  Plant  Sector newsletter  is now out, packed full with all the latest funding opportunities, events and research news of relevance to the plants and crops sector. If you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here  or on the image below to view this newsletter in your browser. This month we are featuring reports...
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Ground-breaking livestock innovation centre launched

A new £70 million innovation centre will bring together the food industry and academic researchers to transform the productivity of the UK livestock industry. The Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIELivestock) has been allocated £27.7 million funding from the Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to set up stateof-the-art facilities across the...
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£2M pledged to safeguard Britain's trees

Two new projects have received a share of £2M for research to help combat threats to trees and plants as part of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI). This multi-disciplinary initiative brings together biological, environmental, and social scientists to support the future health and resilience of the UK’s forests and woodland in the face of increasing pressures. ...
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Uncorking the genetic ‘GINie’ for British crops and the value of academia-industry collaboration

Defra’s Genetic Improvement Networks Conference “Uncorking the genetic ‘GINie’ for British crops” The first ever joint meeting of all the DEFRA funded Genetic Improvement Networks (GIN) was a success. It was held on 22nd February 2016 and hosted at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. The event brought together over a hundred people from the UK plant breeding community, including plant...
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Immunity gene fusions uncovered in plants

Researchers at The Genome Analysis Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory have surveyed immune genes across flowering plants to uncover the molecular ‘traps’ that plants use to detect pathogens. The findings could be used to help crops resist diseases. Plant health and interaction with microbes is maintained by intricate antennas called plant immune receptors. A certain class of...
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Catch up on the latest animal sector news, funding and events

The latest edition of KTN's  Animal Sector newsletter  is now out, packed with all the latest funding opportunities, events and research news. If you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here  or on the image below to view this newsletter in your browser. The best way to make sure that you see the newsletter as soon as it comes out is to get...
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KTN/BSAS Summer 2016 Vacation Scholarships

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) are pleased to announce a call for four Summer 2016 Vacation Scholarship Awards as a means of encouraging undergraduate students into research in the field of Animal Biosciences* (of relevance to animal agriculture, including aquaculture) by giving them hands-on experience of research. The Vacation...
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Are you an early career scientist carrying out research in areas of interest to the Agriculture Industry?

Early Career Researchers for Agriculture (Plant & Animal) Event Tuesday 22 March 2016, Birmingham Are you an early career scientist (MSc or PhD student or in 1st post-doc) carrying out research in areas of interest to the Agriculture Industry? If so you will want to come to this one-day KTN organised event to highlight your work to others in the broad area of UK...
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Pigs' genetic code altered in bid to tackle deadly virus

Researchers have made an advance in the fight against a deadly virus that affects pigs. The team used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are potentially resilient to African Swine Fever -- a highly contagious disease that kills up to two-thirds of infected animals. The new pigs carry a version of a gene that is usually found in warthogs and bush pigs, which researchers...
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Over 1,000 scientists sign petition saying GM technology is a safe tool to help meet future food supply demands

More than 1,000 scientists from nonprofit, corporate, academic, and private institutions say public doubts about genetically modified food crops are hindering the next Green Revolution. In a letter published in the journal Science, six researchers from three institutions explain their recent petition in support of science-based criteria in guiding the safe and effective employment of genetic...
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Catch up on the latest plant sector news, funding and events

We have just published the February edition our  Plant  Sector newsletter   full of  all the latest funding opportunities, events and research news of relevance to the plants and crops sector. If you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here  or on the image below to view this newsletter in your browser. The best way to make sure that...
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Breeding wildness back into our fruit and veg

Wild tomatoes are better able to protect themselves against the destructive whitefly than our modern, commercial varieties, new research has shown. The study, published in the academic journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development, shows that in our quest for larger, redder, longer-lasting tomatoes we have inadvertently bred out key characteristics that help the plant defend itself...
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Two leading UK crop research institutes join forces to create major new centre for applied crop science & innovation

It has been announced that East Malling Research (EMR) has become part of the NIAB group in a move that will bring together their expertise in crop genetics, agronomy, environmental and data science. NIAB has traditionally focused on science-led plant variety and seeds characterisation, evaluation, quality control and knowledge transfer. EMR brings international leadership in top...
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Enzymes with the potential to increase wheat yields

Wheat yields could be significantly increased thanks to varieties with a superior form of a common enzyme, according to new research. Plant scientists at Lancaster University, Rothamsted Research, and The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have been investigating a naturally occurring plant enzyme known as Rubisco to explore its ability to boost photosynthesis and...
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Unravelling chloroplast inheritance in wheat

A new study from the BBSRC strategically-funded institute Rothamsted Research reveals the way that chloroplasts are passed from one generation to another in wheat via only the maternal parent. Chloroplasts are important structures in plant cells that perform photosynthesis and mature from small precursors called plastids. Wheat, like many other plants, inherit their chloroplasts only...
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Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP) publishes new Ornamental and Landscape Horticulture Research and Development Strategy

The Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP) has published a new Ornamental and Landscape Horticulture Research and Development Strategy. The research aims of the strategy are mapped to key government policy areas to maximise the opportunity for government support and funding. The topics are split into four headings: health and wellbeing; communities and tourism; ...
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