The ERA-Net for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) has launched its third joint call for collaborative applications in the area of molecular plant sciences. In addition to the main call covering all aspects of molecular plant sciences, applications are welcomed to the sub-call "Addressing Data Challenges in Plant Sciences".
Deadline for pre-proposals:l 28...
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The University of Edinburgh’s The Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics, a global leader in animal breeding, have established a research agreement to improve the sustainability of animal production.
Researchers will focus on driving innovations that lead to greater disease resistance in farmed animals and better selective breeding programmes.
Their goal is to reduce losses and...
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The August edition of KTN's Animal Sector newsletter , filled with the latest funding opportunities, events and research news, is now available. 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.
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A £4M investment between BBSRC and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in wheat research.
The funding (£2M from the Newton Fund delivered through BBSRC, with matched resources from Embrapa) has been awarded to four partnerships between the UK and Brazil. The funding aims to inform the...
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The tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum ) is one of the most valuable fruit crops in the world with an annual global value in excess of $50Bn. We eat so many they also play an important role in our diet providing valuable vitamins, minerals and health promoting phytochemicals. Plant breeders are working continuously to supply high yielding, better tasting, more nutritious and longer lasting tomato...
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The July 2016 edition of KTN's Plant Sector newsletter is now available, 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.
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Scientists are marking the opening of the first fully automated DNA production facility in the UK.
The Edinburgh Genome Foundry will design, build and test large sections of DNA – the building blocks of life – using large-scale robotic processes.
Researchers at the facility are seeking to create and modify long strands of DNA that can be used to equip cells or organisms with new or...
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In collaboration with researchers at Nanjing Agricultural University, Dr Tony Miller from the John Innes Centre has developed rice crops with an improved ability to manage their own pH levels, enabling them to take up significantly more nitrogen, iron and phosphorous from soil and increase yield by up to 54 percent.
Rice is a major crop, feeding almost 50 percent of the world’s...
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The June 2016 edition of KTN's Plant Sector newsletter was published today, 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.
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Following the January 2016 announcement of the production of a whole genome assembly for bread wheat, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), having completed quality control, is now making this breakthrough resource available for researchers via the IWGSC wheat sequence repository at URGI-INRA-Versailles, France .
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Scientists have isolated peptides (strings of amino acids) with antibiotic effects on bacteria that spoil food and cause food poisoning, after turning to the plant kingdom for help in boosting our arsenal in the ongoing war against antibiotic resistance.
The scientists found two small peptides from widely cultivated crop species (one from broad beans and one from cowpea) that were...
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The June edition of KTN's Animal Sector newsletter was published yesterday, 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.
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The BBSRC funded UK Plant Phenotyping Network (UKPPN) is seeking to engage with a broad cross-section of UK researchers via a survey to:
Determine the current status of relevant UK plant phenotyping facilities and expertise available
Assess which additional facilities and services are required by users in the UK.
This will be used as a basis to create a fully...
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An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear distinctions between these two crop-improvement approaches. In addition, while recognizing the inherent difficulty of detecting subtle or long-term effects on health or the environment, the study...
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We have just published the May edition of KTN's 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.
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University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is advertising a PhD Studentship in Crop Genetics: Breeding for disease resistance and yield in faba bean.
The deadline for applications is 6th June 2016.
The PhD Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc, Oakpark and the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of...
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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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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.
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Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have pioneered a new gene-detecting technology which, if deployed correctly could lead to the creation of a new elite variety of wheat with durable resistance to disease.
Working with fellow scientists at TSL, Dr Brande Wulff from the JIC developed the new technology called 'MutRenSeq' which accurately pinpoints...
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A team of scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) have developed a new method to accelerate isolation of plant disease resistance genes. The team have also identified a brand new source of blight resistance genes in Solanum americanum , a wild relative of the potato.
Plant pathogens such as late blight can evolve rapidly to overcome...
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The Advanced Training Partnership in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production has several distance learning m odules starting this May:
Low Input Ruminant Production
Ruminant Gut Microbiology
Resource Efficient Farming
Genetics and Genomics
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) ...
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Rothamsted Research has received consent from Defra to go ahead with a field trial of genetically modified camelina plants on the Rothamsted Farm in 2016 and 2017. The trial is part of a research project by Rothamsted scientists that is supported by strategic funding from BBSRC.
The trial will test whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of...
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UK scientists have identified the country’s first ash tree that shows tolerance to ash dieback, raising the possibility of using selective breeding to develop strains of trees that are tolerant to the disease.
The findings, which could help ensure ash trees will thrive in UK woodlands, have been published in a report co-funded by Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences...
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