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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...

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,...

Most comprehensive study to date reveals evolutionary history of citrus

Citrus fruits -- delectable oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and grapefruits -- are among the most important commercially cultivated fruit trees in the world, yet little is known of the origin...

Cotton genome sequence published

The results of two seperate cotton genome studies have recently been published in  Nature Biotechnology . Tianzhen Zhang, Yan Hu, Wenkai Jiang, Lei Fang, Xueying Guan, Jiedan...

Would you like to join our Plant/Agriculture Team? Job opportunity for a Knowledge Transfer Manager (Plants and Crops)

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) currently has a vacancy for a Knowledge Transfer Manager within our Agriculture (Plants and Crops Sector) Team. If you would enjoy the...

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

The April edition of KTN's 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 your browser. To...

Research on genetically-sterilised salmon could help save wild populations

Scientists at the University of East Anglia are researching whether an induced genetic condition could reduce the decline of wild salmon.  They are investigating whether genetically...

BBSRC announces over £6M funding for projects in KTN coordinated Animal Health Research Club

BBSRC has announced over £6M of funding for research to improve the health of livestock as part of the Animal Health Research Club ("ARC"). Eight research projects will take place at...

£10m of Agri-Tech Catalyst funds available to support International Development

DFID Agri-Tech Catalyst Consortia Building Workshop 7 May 2015, London The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Agri-Food team are organising a free consortia-building workshop on 7th...

Developing beans that can beat the heat

CGIAR bean breeders have announced the discovery of 30 new lines  of “heat-beater” beans that will be better able to cope with the possible effects of climate change. “This...

Researchers develop detailed genetic map of world wheat varieties

Kansas State University scientists have released findings of a complex, two-year study of the genomic diversity of wheat that creates an important foundation for future improvements in wheat...

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...

Funding for short term scientific missions focusing on large-scale methane measurements on individual ruminants for genetic evaluations

The    Methagene COST Action  are looking to fund short term scientific missions (STSM) to develop linkages and scientific collaborations between participating institutions...

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...

Breeding dogs on the basis of single genetic test carries risks and may not improve the health of pedigree lines

Breeding dogs on the basis of a single genetic test carries risks and may not improve the health of pedigree lines, experts warn.  Only a combined approach that makes use of DNA analysis,...

Scientists transfer pathogen-sensing ‘antenna’ gene to wheat

A team of BBSRC-funded scientists have successfully transferred a receptor into wheat that recognises bacteria and triggers a defensive response. The gene from the model plant  Arabidopsis...

Novel online bioinformatics tool significantly reduces time of multiple genome analysis

A BBSRC-funded research collaboration has developed a new open access tool called PolyMaker that will support the selection of beneficial traits for future crop breeding programmes. The new...

Competition now open for Summer 2015 Vacation Scholarships in the field of Animal Bioscience

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) are pleased to announce a call for four Summer 2015 Vacation Scholarship Awards as a means of...

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...
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April edition of the SynBio SIG newsletter now available

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Study reveals microbial diversity in the stomachs of cattle

Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna have investigated whether stomach ulcers in cattle are related to the presence of certain bacteria. They analysed bacteria present in...

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Johns Hopkins University launches an online course on SynBio, bioethics and public policy

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Using synthetic biology to produce millions of litres of juice from 1 grapefruit

The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) has used synthetic biology for the ecofriendly production of a natural compound. The challenge for biotechnologists Tamara Wriessnegger...

Sign up for distance learning with the Sustainable and Efficient Food Production ATP

The Advanced Training Partnership in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production ( Pasture ATP ) offers postgraduate training through workshops and distance learning. They have five distance...

Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference, Sheffield, 18-19 May: registration closes 24th April

The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre is holding its first international conference on 18th/19th May 2015.  We have a fantastic line up of expert speakers who are leaders in their fields...