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Extra DNA creates cucumber with all female flowers

Ask a plant researcher how the sex of a cucumber plant is determined and the person will tell you, “It’s complicated.” Depending on a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors,...

Genetic discovery uncovers key tool for morphine production in poppies

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective painkillers. The discovery, published...

Scientists map blowfly genome

Researchers have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation’s most insidious pests. Around 2000...

Open Sesame: Making Sesame Seeds a Growth Area in Global Food Production

Many people think of sesame seeds as a topping on hamburger buns at profitable global fast-food chains. But in fact the crop has traditionally been unprofitable and difficult to harvest because...

Expanding the DNA alphabet: 'extra' DNA base found to be stable in mammals

A rare DNA base, previously thought to be a temporary modification, has been shown to be stable in mammalian DNA, suggesting that it plays a key role in cellular function. Researchers from...

AHDB announces call for Beef and Lamb PhD studentship projects starting in October 2016

AHDB Beef and Lamb, the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, has announced a call for Beef and Lamb PhD studentship projects starting in October 2016.   Specific...

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...

New study finds tremendous diversity in regulation of nitrogen-fixing in plants

Researchers at Chapman University and Columbia University have published a study in Nature Plants this month, called “Diversity of nitrogen fixation strategies in Mediterranean legumes.” The...

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

The latest edition of our  Animal Sector newsletter is now available - if you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here   or on the image below to view it in...

Genome mining from fungarium specimens accelerates the mushroom tree of life

In their quest to help create a Fungal Tree of Life, scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have collaborated with colleagues in the UK and USA to successfully extract DNA, viable for...

Plant receptors with built-in decoys make pathogens betray themselves

Receptors carrying built-in decoys are the latest discovery in the evolutionary battle between plants and pathogens. The decoy domains within the receptor detect pathogens and raise the cell's...

Supercomputer unlocks the secrets of plant cells to create more resilient crops

Scientists from the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland and IBM Research have moved a step closer to identifying the nanostructure of cellulose – the basic structural component of plant...

Latest edition of KTN's plant sector newsletter is available now

We have today published the May 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...

€300 Million Beef Data and Genomics Programme launches in Ireland

Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has launched the eagerly awaited Beef Data and Genomics Programme under Ireland’s 2014-2020 Rural Development...

Plant breeder boosts soybean diversity, develops soybean rust-resistant plant

It took decades of painstaking work, but research geneticist Ram Singh managed to cross a popular soybean variety ("Dwight"  Glycine max ) with a related wild perennial plant that grows...

Innovative Farming: How can farmers contribute to innovative research?" Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire,19th May 2015

There is still time to register for the "Innovative Farming: How can farmers contribute to innovative research?" event at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Tuesday 19th May 2015. ...

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

We have just published the May edition of our Animal Sector newsletter is now available - if you didn't get a copy in your inbox you can  click here   or on the image below to view it...

New study shows that sweet potato is naturally transgenic

A new study of sweet potato genetics has demonstrated the “natural” transfer of DNA, mirroring the processes used by scientists to produce transgenic crops. In the study, which is published...

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...

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,...
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Britain needs 'super-sub bees' to maintain food supply

Rare bees and insects must be protected to give British farmers a strong ‘reserve squad’ of pollinating species and prevent potential food shortages in the future, scientists say. ...

Global alliance to bring together research on avian diseases

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