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Interested in funding for agri-food innovation in Turkey? Partnering webinar, 16th June

As part of the Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund programme, Innovate UK and TÜBİTAK(the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) are inviting proposals for innovative commercial solutions to challenges in the agri-food sector in Turkey.  Proposals should be from UK and Turkish businesses working together, and where appropriate, with UK and Turkish...
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Find out about opportunities for Scotland in Horizon 2020 and other European Funding Programmes

The Food, Drink and Agricultural industries are recognised as integral parts to Scotland’s and to Europe’s economy, both in terms of employment, GVA and scientific excellence.  Targeted research and innovation is key to the sector’s prosperity,  growth, longevity and contribution to the wide-reaching societal challenges faced by the European population (i.e. food security,...
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£16.3M Global Agriculture and Food Systems Foundations Award call now open

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a new 5-year £1.5Bn resource funding stream, announced as part of the 2015 spending review, to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries. The GCRF will deploy the UK’s world-class research capability to address the challenges faced by the developing world.    About the...
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Economist Technology Quarterly highlights role of technology in the future of agriculture

The Economist has recently published a “Technology Quarterly” report on The Future of Agriculture , looking at how technology could be used to make improvements in food production that will not just boost farmer’s profits, but may also help us feed the world without over-reaching our resources. The report pays particular attention to precision/smart farming technologies and...
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New blood test developed for the detection of Bovine TB

A new blood test to detect Mycobacteria in blood has been developed by a team at The University of Nottingham led by Dr Cath Rees, an expert in microbiology in the School of Biosciences and Dr Ben Swift from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.  The researchers have used this new method to show that cattle diagnosed with bovine tuberculosis...
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Take part in an evaluation of the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Innovation Platform (SAF-IP)

Innovate UK is currently evaluating the impact achieved by investing public funds to support innovation within agriculture and food industries, through what are known as Innovation Platforms. Ipsos MORI, an independent research company, has been commissioned by Innovate UK to evaluate the technological and economic impact of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform...
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Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

The Joint Research Centre's European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) has published a  Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas, which  provides a detailed analysis of soil organisms and the threats to soil biodiversity at global scale. The Atlas can be downloaded from  http://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/content/global-soil-biodiversity-atlas
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Interested in European funding for animal and plant projects?

The Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation in association with  Harper Adams University (UK) would like to invite you to a  Consortium Building event and Thematic Workshop for  Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenge 2 ( Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and  Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy ) on 1st June...
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Electronic medicine book for pigs launched to record accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data

An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers, in light of the need to collect accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data.   Increased concern over antibiotic usage, with both public and political pressure, mean the pig industry is acting to put itself in a more informed position on its antibiotic use. AHDB Pork veterinary team...
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Report on tackling drug-resistent infections globally highlights need to reduce unnecessary use of antimicrobials in agriculture

The UK Government commissioned Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, chaired by economist Jim O’Neill, has published its final report and recommendations on Tackling Drug-Resistent Infections Globally . The report includes sections of particular relevance to agriculture and veterimnary medicine, including reducing the unnecessary use of antimicrobials in agriculture, and improving...
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Feeding insect larvae on under-utilised crops to produce sustainable fishmeal for aquaculture

There is an interesting article by Sarah Jose on the Global Plant Council website about how crops and insects are being used to replace fishmeal in aquaculture feed. The article focuses on research by the Crops for the Future  (CFF) team in Malaysia and the  University of Nottingham  in the UK, which is being  supported by the  Newton-Ungku Omar Fund...
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Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?

SCI's Agrisciences Group are hosting a conference to address the question of whether neonicotinoids are killing bees. The EU banned the use of neonicotinoids in 2013, following concerns over possible adverse effects on wildlife, and particularly bee, poplations. The UK Government has recently called for a precautionary, hazard-based approach to pesticide use to help protect bees....
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New coating method protects seeds from being eaten by insects

Chemists at ETH Zurich are developing a coating for seeds, inspired by nature's defences, which will deter or kill insect pests. Some seeds have their own defence systems against insect predators - for example the seeds of peaches contain amygdalin, which can degrade into hydrogen cyanide in the stomach. The scientists coat seeds in several layers of polylactic acid (PLA), with an...
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Bridging the gap between lab and land - Young Innovators' Forum at Cereals 2016

Could keeping wheat foliage green until the end of harvest boost yields? This is just one of the research projects to be discussed at a special event for young farmers and early career scientists at Cereals 2016. To bridge the gap between lab and land and stimulate mutually beneficial discussions, Agri-Tech East is focusing on ‘Generation Y’ (those born in the 80s and 90s) and has...
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Interested in formulation in animal feedstuffs? Workshop on 8th June in Stirling

The Scottish Formulation Network invites you to its third workshop on “Animal feedstuff formulation” on 8th June in Stirling, bringing businesses from across Scotland together with academic experts who understand structure and interactions in multicomponent mixtures, to focus on challenges and opportunities in animal feedstuffs. Manufacturing animal feed presents a number of different...
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Farmround 2016: CambPlants career afternoon for early-career stage researchers, 5 July

The CambPlants HUb (harnessing plant research excellence in Cambridge) is organising an exciting career afternoon for early-career stage researchers, on 5th July 2016. This half day event includes Jane King (CEO of AHDB) and career talks from Agri-Tech professionals to inspire researchers. So far they have confirmed participation of Hutchisons, Dow AgroSciences, NIAB, G’s...
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Opportunity to join BBSRC's Pool of Experts

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. The pool of expert members play a key role in delivering BBSRC's mission through participation in the assessment of research grant proposals, and identification of the highest quality research for investment. This is an opportunity to work with other highly experienced people from across...
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Reducing methane production in ruminants

Researchers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have taken part in a study of the effect of one molecule, 3-nitrooxypropanol, in inhibiting methane production in ruminants. The work has been published in the magazine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS). Ruminants are animals which digest their food through fermentation carried out by microorganisms...
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New study finds chemical signature for ripening of mangoes

Scientists from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, identified a way to ‘sniff’ the ripeness of mangoes. They have identified the unique chemical signature of ripening for mangoes and published their research in the academic journal Metabolomics. Lead researcher Professor Paul Monks, of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, said: “Mangoes...
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Kew's State of the World’s Plants report urges global scientific community to secure health of the planet

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew today released the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants , ahead of the international science and policy symposium on the topic. The first annual State of the World’s Plants report, which involved more than 80 scientists and took a year to produce, is a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth,...
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Bees research shows not all neonicotinoids are the same

The group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids have been identified as presenting a serious risk to bee populations, leading to bans on their use. But at least one may be unfairly named among the offenders when it comes to risks to bumblebees, according to new research led by the University of Dundee. The new study found that one of the neonicotinoid insecticides –...
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Companies and inventors across Northern Ireland invited to take part in the INVENT 2016 Awards

Companies and inventors across Northern Ireland are bring invited to demonstrate their prowess through the hugely popular INVENT 2016 awards, run by NISP CONNECT and sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK. INVENT recognises innovations that have the greatest commercial potential. Entrants will compete for a share of a £33,000 prize fund and a space on the 2017 Tech...
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New projects funded to improve animal health and welfare

11 new research projects to improve animal health and welfare have been funded as part of the 3rd joint funding call for the Animal Health and Welfare ERA-Net (ANIHWA) programme. Of these 11 projects, three worth a total of £826k are funded by BBSRC. ANIHWA is a European programme consisting of partner organisations from 19 different European countries, including Israel. The...
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Would you like to apply for a share of £100K from the 2016 Agri-Innovation Den?

Budding entrepreneurs are being invited to showcase their ideas for ground-breaking new technologies in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch for their share of £250,000, as part of a new initiative to discover the best innovators in the UK’s agriculture industry. Launched by Briefing Media Agriculture, the owners of publications including Farmers Guardian, in conjunction with The Co-operative...
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Field pathogenomics a defence against rust and other "cereal killers"

With the announcement that ‘Kranich’ yellow rust race has been detected in the UK for the first time, together with an increase in fungal infection among previously resistant varieties, a new approach to disease management and prediction, Field Pathogenomics, is to be welcomed. It is one of the promising new methods to be discussed at forthcoming Agri-Tech East Pollinator “Rusts and other...
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