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New call for projects by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has issued a call for expressions of interest (EOI) on two topics:   Sustainable feed for finfish Projects should focus on one of the following areas: health effects of feeding, including gut microbiome, changes in diet and susceptibility to disease sources of EPA/DHA alternative...
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Call for Research Partnership: Management for Soil Biology and Soil Health

AHDB, in collaboration with the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO), is inviting researchers to form a collaborative Research Partnership, which will be responsible for devising and implementing a new programme of research and knowledge exchange projects to address challenges identified for the UK agricultural and horticultural industries on the call theme “Management for Soil Biology...
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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 Animal Sector Advisory Board meeting – December 2015

The last meeting of the calendar year of the KTN Animal Sector Advisory Board was held on the 9 th of December and was hosted by The Roslin Institute. The main theme for the meeting was ’Supply chains’, with a particular focus on comparing supply chains from different sectors, and identifying challenges and opportunities for innovation. Presentations related to the theme were...
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KTN present at SAIC Rapid Diagnostics for Aquaculture workshop.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) continues to build nationwide agricultural networks through support and collaboration with other networks. One recent example of this was when KTN were invited to present at the Rapid Diagnostics for Aquaculture workshop hosted by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and the Moredun Research Institute .   Transforming the...
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Biosciences benefitting industry – Projects with impact from the Centre for Research in Biosciences, UWE

The Centre for Research in Biosciences (CRIB), at the University of the West of England undertake a lot of research in partnership with industry, that is very multidisciplinary, and focuses on the following themes: biomedicine, bio-sensing technology, agri-food, plant science and environmental science. If you would like to find out more, CRIB have recently produced a new...
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Plant sector newsletter now out - catch up on the latest funding opportunities, events and research news

The January edition of KTN's  Plant  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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Fatty acids from GM oilseed crops could replace fish oil

Oil from genetically modified (GM) oilseed crops could replace fish oil as a primary source of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid EPA – according to new research from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Rothamsted Research and the University of Stirling. BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of East Anglia studied the effect in mice of consuming feed enriched with oil...
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Summary of the last KTN's Plant Sector Board meeting on “Improving Nutritional Profile of Edible Plants: Challenges and Opportunities”

The meeting of the KTN Plant Sector Advisory Board was held on the 23 rd of October, and was kindly hosted by Campden BRI. The meeting was focused on investigating opportunities and challenges to innovation related to the theme of “Improving Nutritional Profile of Edible Plants: Challenges and Opportunities”, and was organised through a collaboration between the KTN Plant and Food sector...
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Beef Feed Efficiency Programme completes data collection for first batch of cattle

The Defra and AHDB-funded  Beef Feed Efficiency Programme  aims to develop standard recording approaches and create a network of industry embedded recording units. The programme is also developing an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for Feed Efficiency to aid genetic selection within the Limousin breed, with the aim of extending this to other cattle breeds in future. Dr Huw...
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New vision and high level research strategy for UK Animal and Plant Health Research published

BBSRC has published, on behalf of a partnership of key UK research funders and policy makers, a vision and high level research strategy for UK Animal and Plant Health Research to 2020 and beyond. In December 2014, Defra and the Government Office for Science jointly published the report Animal and Plant Health in the UK: Building our science capability, which made the compelling case...
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Keep up to date with the latest animal sector news, events and funding opportunities

The January 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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Innovate UK's Map of Innovation

Innovate UK have launched a new "Map of Innovation". The map shows where projects have been funded by Innovate UK throughout the UK. It is possible to search by industry sectors (e.g. Agri-Food), or geographic region. To access the database, please visit the following  webpage:  http://innovationmap.innovateuk.org/register
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Science and Technology Committee calls on Government to launch a field trial of GM insects

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has published its report on ' Genetically Modified Insects ' and is calling on the UK Government to launch a field trial of GM insects. Commenting on the report, the  Earl of Selborne , Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, said: "GM insect technologies have the potential not only to save...
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BBSRC awards major grants for poultry vaccines, new elite lines of wheat and plants that make their own fertiliser

Three high-value, long-term research projects totalling £13.9M have been awarded funding by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They have the potential to produce cheap and effective vaccines for poultry, develop plants that can make their own fertiliser and create new ways to breed elite lines of wheat. The three grants, funded through BBSRC's...
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Scientists create first map of the wheat epigenome

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have carried out the first ever genome-wide survey of heritable molecular changes that regulate gene activity in wheat, in what could become a new tool to improve crop breeding technologies. Epigenetic marks are chemical tags which physically attach themselves to DNA, and modify its function without changing the genetic code. DNA methylation is...
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New database published with more than 240K DNA sequences appearing in GMOs

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a new database, JRC GMO-Amplicons , which contains more than 240 000 DNA sequences appearing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This database will provide a useful tool to verify the presence of GMOs in food, feed and environment.  JRC GMO-Amplicons can be accessed at ...
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First “test tube” puppies born at Cornell veterinary college

Researchers from Cornell University and the Smithsonian Institution have solved the decades-long puzzle of canine in vitro fertilization (IVF), resulting in the world’s first litter of IVF puppies. The breakthrough, described in a  study  published online Dec. 9 in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, opens the door for preserving endangered canid species using assisted...
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Precise gene editing technology used to breed disease resistant pigs

Genus*, a global pioneer in animal genetics, has announced the development of the first pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus ("PRRSv"), through a long-standing collaboration with the  University of Missouri .  The production of PRRSv resistant pigs is a significant breakthrough in combating this devastating porcine disease, and Genus is excited...
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New centre to bring together experts on aquaculture

A virtual centre bringing together a vast amount of expertise on aquaculture related research was launched on 2nd December 2015 at the University of Aberdeen. The International Centre for Aquaculture Research and Development (ICARD) has been established to bring together a group of 25 University of Aberdeen experts in environment and food security to conduct and promote aquaculture...
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Red clover genome to help restore sustainable farming

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in collaboration with the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), has sequenced and assembled the DNA of red clover to help breeders improve the beneficial traits of this important forage crop. The paper is published in Scientific Reports, a journal from the Nature publishing group. Before industrial nitrogen...
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John Innes Centre scientists use CRISPR technology to edit crop genes

CRISPR gene-editing is allowing rapid scientific advances in many fields, including human health and now it has been shown that crop research can also benefit from this latest exciting technology. A team of scientists from the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory (UK), have shown that the very latest gene-editing technology CRISPR, can be used to make targeted changes or edits...
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Catch up on the latest plant and crop sector news, funding and events

The November/December edition of KTN's  Plant 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...
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ParaFishControl: Developing advanced tools and research strategies for parasite control in European farmed fish

ParaFishControl is a new €8.1 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project that aims to improve our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate harmful parasites which affect the main fish species farmed in Europe (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, turbot, European sea bass, and gilthead sea...
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Successful Summer Vacation Scholarships

Earlier this year, KTN in association with the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), launched a call for four summer vacation scholarships for undergraduate students. The scholarships were intended to provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research in Animal Biosciences during the summer vacation, expand their knowledge of research and to encourage them to...
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