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£9M call for Networks in Vector Borne Disease (VBD) Research

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) have pre-announced a £9M call for Networks in Vector Borne Disease (VBD) Research .   About the funding This call forms part of BBSRC’s and MRC’s activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and therefore requires Networks to address VBD challenges...
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£19.5M for quantum technologies - possible applications in agri-tech

Innovate UK and EPSRC will soon launch a £19.5 million competition to develop quantum technology prototypes or establish technical or market feasibility. Quantum technologies can have applications in agri-food - for example the use of quantum imaging to identify problems with crops or food, quantum sensors to remotely measure soil quality, or quantum devices to protect supply...
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Register now for 'Agri-Food Innovation in Turkey' competition brokering day 25 July

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5M for UK participants developing innovative solutions to challenges within the agri-food sector in Turkey.  Innovate UK is working with  TÜBİTAK , the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, to fund this competition, which they are running as part of the  Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund  programme.    ...
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£4M Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 6 now open

UK businesses and universities can apply for a share of £4 million to work with developing country partners on agri-tech innovations, through the latest round of funding from the Agri-Tech Catalyst . The Agri-Tech Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline. Ideas must show the potential to improve the sustainable intensification of agriculture. The...
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£16 million for new technologies to improve global food production and security

Twenty-four innovative agri-tech projects have today been awarded a share of £16 million funding through the latest round of the government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst to solve some of the world’s greatest agricultural challenges – from food security and sustainability to weed control and livestock disease. The UK is a world leader in the fast growing agri-tech sector, as global challenges such...
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Smoking out blackgrass seeds

Blackgrass is a problem weed in UK agriculture, but a new technique may help farmers to combat its resistance to herbicides. Application of a smoke particle solution called 'smokewater' has been found to cause blackgrass seeds to germinate early, becoming vulnerable to certain herbicides which they would normally evade. Ten per cent of crops are lost due to weed growth - a statistic that...
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Global Challenges Research Fund - call for evidence

The £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund has been set up  to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research. It is a BIS initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE. They have have...
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Online training from the Sustainable and Efficient Food Production ATP

The Sustainable and Efficient Food Production  Advanced Training Partnership (ATP-Pasture) has announced the latest round of modules in its  online training courses, starting in September 2016:   Ruminant Nutrition Sustainable Grassland Systems Agro-Ecosystems Services Soil...
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AHDB Beef & Lamb call for applications for postgraduate studentship projects for 2017

AHDB is seeking applications to its Beef and Lamb PhD studentship programme for projects starting in October 201 7 .   Specific terms relating to the call and all relevant documentation for submitting proposals can be found on the Beef and Lamb, and AHDB websites: http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/research/funding-opportunities/open-funding-opportunities/ ...
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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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Crops for Human and Farmed Animal Nutrition

BBSRC is inviting researchers from a range of backgrounds to apply their expertise across the spectrum of underpinning to applied research in order to advance our understanding of how crops and/or crop-based food can have a positive health benefit for humans or farmed animals. It is important to deliver benefits to researchers, industrial partners and practitioners. Proposals should...
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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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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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New funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are inviting applications for cross disciplinary proposals on the topic of behaviour relating to...
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Opportunity to learn about Jiangsu’s innovation landscape and meet its regional businesses

    Following a successful collaboration with the UK in the China-UK Newton Fund programme, the provincial Jiangsu Science & Technology Department (JSTD) is bringing a delegation of healthcare, smart city and farming companies to London to strengthen the innovation partnership with the UK. The Chinese delegation will...
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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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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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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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