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New research shows that animals tend to evolve toward larger size over time

Does evolution follow certain rules? If, in the words of the famed evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, one could "rewind the tape of life", would certain biological trends reemerge? Asked...

Reducing GM crop contamination risks by turning cross-pollinators into self-pollinators

Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph...

BBSRC and USDA-NIFA partner for animal disease prevention research

BBSRC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have announced five jointly-funded research awards that total more £2.3M from BBSRC and...

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

We have today published our latest Animal Sector newsletter. If you didn't get a copy you can click here to view it in your browser. To make sure that you don't miss out in future, why not ...

Enhancing high-temperature tolerance in plants

A research group at the Kobe University Graduate School of Agricultural Science Functional Phytochemistry Laboratory has identified for the first time that the (E)-2-hexenal, a plant-derived...

£70m Agri-Tech Catalyst – Projects funded in Rounds 1 and 2

The £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions...

KTN scoping study leads to major investment in beef efficiency selective breeding project

The KTN is pleased to report that scoping work led by our agri-food team has led to the establishment of a £1.75m selective breeding project to improve both the sustainability and...

New tools to breed cereal crops that survive flooding

BBSRC-funded scientists at The University of Nottingham hope new research could lead to the introduction of cereal crops better able to tolerate flooding. They have identified the mechanism used...

BBSRC and NERC Sustainable Aquaculture Industry Workshop - 26th March 2015, The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Please see below event details posted on behalf of BBSRC and NERC: BBSRC and NERC, two of the UK's leading public funding agencies for the biological and environmental sciences, are working...

Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels, 16-17 Apr 2015, Edinburgh

The growing world population demands a sustainable intensification of agricultural production across the globe. At the same time there is competition for land use and we have to...

Genome sequences of 69 pigs provides clues to their thermostatic regulation

Scientists from Jiangxi Agricultural University, BGI and University of California have recently published their latest research on the genetic mechanism of pig altitude-adaptations...

New inherited disease identified in Ayrshire cattle

A research group led by Professor Magnus Andersson at the University of Helsinki has discovered a new inherited disease that causes ptosis, retarded growth, intellectual disability and mortality...

New hope for fighting major fungal disease in durum wheat

A variety of wheat that is resistant to a destructive fungal disease has been found to have specialised and protective cell walls, according to research published in BMC Plant Biology....

BBSRC/EMBRAPA joint call for collaborative research proposals in wheat research

BBSRC and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation ( Embrapa) have announced a joint call for collaborative research proposals in wheat research. The purpose of this pump-priming...

KTN Associate, Laura Corbin, awarded Genetic's Society prize

The KTN would like to congratulate Laura Corbin on being awarded the Genetics Society’s Sir Kenneth Mather Prize for 2012/13, following her nomination by her PhD supervisor, Professor John...

Chickens and turkeys 'closer to dinosaur ancestors' than other birds

New research from the University of Kent suggests that chickens and turkeys have experienced fewer gross genomic changes than other birds as they evolved from their dinosaur ancestor. ...

Model of oil palm cultivate may help maximise yield and minimise detrimental environmental impacts

Australian scientists have developed a model for oil palm cultivation, aimed at helping growers of the crop maximize the yields of their plantations, while minimizing detrimental environmental...

Researchers find salt tolerance gene in soybean

A collaborative research project between Australian and Chinese scientists has shown how soybean can be bred to better tolerate soil salinity. The researchers, at the University of Adelaide...

Exploring and Exploiting the Microbiome, 23rd February at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

The rise of metagenomics has allowed us to explore the human microbiome and that of domestic livestock, plants and the environment, offering interesting opportunities to exploit this knowledge...

Sweet-pepper harvesting robot developed

Wageningen UR in the Netherlands have recently developed the world's first sweet-pepper harvesting robot. For more details, and links to other activity in this area, please see...
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