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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...

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...
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Researchers show that plants exposed to bacteria activate their immune system using three separate mechanisms

Spring is just around the corner and for many of us that means planting a garden with plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. However, some of the plants will be infected by...

Dairy herd management strategies can result in win-win for milk production and reducing carbon footprint

Agricultural greenhouse gases (GHG) make up 8.1% of total U.S. GHG emissions. The dairy cattle farming industry is being challenged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining or...

New research finds consumers willing to spend more for biotech potato products

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to...

New project aims to find better ways to use redundant egg-laying hens

Three million egg-laying hens are destroyed each year. Researchers at SINTEF believe that this practice is inadequately sustainable and want to see the hens exploited for food, oils and...

Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium Kick-Off Workshop, 31 Mar 2015, Stanford, US

The Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium (SBSC) is holding a kick-off workshop to identify several initial  working groups  with critical mass, leadership teams, and a clear...