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Read the latest plant & crops sector funding opportunities, events and research news

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. The best way to make sure...
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New report on genetically engineered crops - experiences & prospects

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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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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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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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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Discuss the future of oats at Oats2020, 23-25 Nov, Birmingham

Oats2020 23rd- 25th November 2015, Manor Hotel, Meriden, Nr Birmingham This conference will bring together representatives of academia and industry working across the oat supply chain with end users of the oat crop, including health professionals and animal nutritionists who have an interest in the composition of the oat grain and its benefits. Sessions will...
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Scotland to ban growing of GM crops

The Scottish Government has taken the controversial decision to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland, and will be asking the EU to exclude Scotland from European consents for the cultivation of GM crops. Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, referred to “ the continued application of the precautionary principle in relation to GM crops ” in...
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Catch up on the latest plants and crops news, funding and events

We have just published the July edition of our  Plant Sector Newsletter  - why not check it out and catch up with all the latest news, events and funding opportunities for the plant and crop sectors.  Highlights include a workshop we are hosting to promote the leatest round of funding from the Agri-Tech Catalyst, and the opportunities presented by ourcall for...
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Catch up on the latest plant and crops sector news, funding and events

We have just published the June edition of our  Plant Sector Newsletter  - why not check it out and catch up with all the latest news, events and funding opportunities for the plant and crop sectors.  Hot of the press is the news that KTN will open a CASE PhD Studentship call on 22nd June 2015. Not on our mailing list?  Please  click here ...
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April edition of KTN's plant sector newsletter available now

The April 2015 edition of our Plant Sector Newsletter is now availble for those of you who are not on our email list. Click here to access all the latest news, events and funding opportunities for the plants and crops sector. Do you want to get the newsletter as soon as it is published? Why not email us at  agrifood@ktn-uk.org  and ask to be added to the Plant Sector...
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PlantSci2015

UK PlantSci 2015 is the forth annual conference of the UK Plant Science Federation. This year it was held at Harper Adams; a location synonymous with agriculture, not only by location, but, for those who have been there, also by smell. The meeting kicked off with an engaging overview by Guy Smith from the NFU, who holds the accolade of farming the driest farm in the UK. His talk not...
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Food-delivery process inside seeds revealed

New work from a team led by Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer has identified biochemical pathways necessary for stocking a seed’s food supplies. These findings could be targeted when engineering crops for higher yields. Inside every seed is the embryo of a plant, and in most cases also a storage of food needed to power initial growth of the young seedling. A seed consists mainly of carbohydrates...
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Catch up on the latest plant sector news, funding and events

We have just published the March edition of our Plant Sector newsletter.    Click here to view the newsletter and find out about the latest  news, funding and events of relevance to the plant and crops sector . Would you like to receive our monthly plant sector newsletter by email? You can send your request to be added to the plant sector mailing list to ...
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Research reveals how plants evolve ways to control embryo growth

A new generation of high yield plants could be created following a fundamental change in our understanding of how plants develop. The research, led by the University of Warwick and published in the journal Science, provides the first evidence that plants have evolved ways to control embryo growth and development by emitting information from surrounding cells. The international...
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African Plant Breeding Academy will sequence 100 traditional food crops

A new African Plant Breeding Academy, designed to improve the livelihood and health of Africa’s 600 million smallholder farmers and their families,  plans to sequence, assemble and annotate the genomes of 100 traditional African food crops to guide development of vegetables, fruits and other agricultural products that are more robust and nutritious. This work is intended to help...
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The emergence of new crop pests: genetics in action

BBSRC-funded scientists at Rothamsted Research discover the genetic mechanisms that allow aphids to adapt to a new host plant and provide natural resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides. Insect host shifts are important because they may be a first step in the evolution of new species and can create new pests of agriculturally important crops. A barrier to many potential insect host...
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New project will use genomics tools to improve sorghum production

An international team led by the University of Georgia’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory will work toward sustainable intensification of sorghum production, in a $4.98 million initiative recently funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The project will use new genomics tools to address urgent needs for a more drought resilient food supply, increase rates of...
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Need for global effort to conserve wild relatives of domesticated crops

Over the past few decades, crop breeders have increasingly relied on the wild and weedy relatives of domesticated crops as new sources of disease resistance, drought tolerance, and other traits. But just like all wild plant species, these “crop wild relatives” (CWR) are also at risk of decline and extinction due to habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. Two presentations at...
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Epigenetic factors identified as key to preventing loss of wheat caused by rain and high humidity

The global wheat industry sometimes loses as much as $1 billion a year because prolonged rainfall and high humidity contribute to grains germinating before they are fully mature. The result is both a lower yield of wheat and grains of inferior quality. This phenomenon, known as pre-harvest sprouting or PHS, has such important economic repercussions for farmers around the world that...
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Sorghum holds vastly more genetic variation than previously reported

A consortium of researchers from The University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF Qld) and BGI has discovered that sorghum, a drought-tolerant African crop, holds vastly more genetic variation than previously reported. This study published in Nature Communications today provides an invaluable resource for the genetic improvement of sorghum...
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UK & USA scientists collaborate to design crops of the future

Three teams of UK and USA researchers will begin a programme of novel research to revolutionise current farming methods by giving crops the ability to thrive without using costly, polluting manufactured fertilisers. The three highly innovative projects include: searching the planet for a lost bacterium with special, sought-after properties; using synthetic biology to create a new...
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AHDB call for applications for Postgraduate Studentship projects

For full details, please visit the following page of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) website - and the text below was also taken from this website: http://www.ahdb.org.uk/vacancies/PhDStudentships.aspx   Applications are now being sought from universities and research institutes for the AHDB studentship programme for projects starting in...
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Using genetics to biofortify rice

Scientists from the US Agricultural Research Service and their collaborators are focusing on the genes in rice that regulate the uptake and storage of important minerals, in the hope of improving the nutritional value of important crop which acts as a staple food for approximately half the world’s population. Biofortifying rice through plant breeding methods could result in...
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GM purple tomatoes taste better and last longer

Researchers at the John Innes Centre are working with purple GM tomatoes with the aim of making the fruit better tasting and longer lasting. “Working with GM tomatoes that are different to normal fruit only by the addition of a specific compound, allows us to pinpoint exactly how to breed in valuable traits,” said Professor Cathie Martin from the John Innes Centre. The...
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BBSRC publishes advice for future wheat research

A working group, established by BBSRC's Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel, has made recommendations for a 5-year Strategy to help shape BBSRC funded wheat research. The Strategy, published today, contains independent advice and recommendations from the working group to advise on the Council's future strategy and prioritie...
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