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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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Would you like to exhibit for free at the China Yangling Agricultural High-tech Fair?

The organisers of the China Yangling Agricultural High-tech Fair have offered  the UK 20 exhibition booths free of charge (3x3 m) for industrial and academic organisations. The exhibition has a total of 1700 booths, most of which are alreday sold out. If you think you might be interested please email simon.baty@ktn-uk.org by 23rd  May. Please note that this...
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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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£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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Newton Fund Agri-food competition: Call for UK participants for partnership brokering visit to Turkey

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5 million for UK participants developing innovative solutions to challenges within the agri-food sector in Turkey, and is inviting interested UK organisations to apply for a place on a partnership brokering visit to Turkey in late June.   Introduction to the Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund competition Innovate UK are running the ...
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Farming industry working together to tackle BVD

More than 50 organisations and companies from across the agricultural industry are backing a campaign which aims to eliminate a highly contagious disease of cattle from England. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the most important diseases of cattle in terms of economic cost and welfare, causing abortion, infertility, immunosuppression, failure to thrive and occasionally death. ...
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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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£1.5M Newton Fund competition now open: Agri-food innovation in Turkey

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. Find out...
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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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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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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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Opportunities in Soil-free Growing

2 March 2016, Sheffield Following on from our hugely successful  glasshouse and poly-tunnel innovation workshop  last year, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held a follow up event focused on innovation in soil free growing. Through a visit to the University of Sheffield and their P3 (Plant, Production and Protection) facility, it was...
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Greenhouse gas mitigation from livestock sector revealed

The global livestock sector supports about 1.3 billion producers and retailers around the world, and is a significant global economic contributor. New analysis, published today in Nature Climate Change, estimates that livestock could account for up to half of the mitigation potential of the global agricultural, forestry and land-use sectors, which are the second largest source of...
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Job opportunity: Programme Manager for Agri-Tech Newton Network+ In China

Rothamsted Research is seeking a self-motivated and organised programme manager who is up for a challenge.  You will help manage the UK-China Agri-tech Newton Network+ which aims to apply UK capability in satellite imaging, remote sensing, smart sensors and modelling to support the development of new solutions for Chinese agriculture under the auspices of the STFC-Newton Fund. ...
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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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Advances in undercover growing brings salad to London tunnels

Sitting thirty-three meters underneath the busy streets of Clapham, a disused air raid shelter from the Second World War is currently producing sustainable and fresh produce, thanks to a new initiative called Growing Underground. These forgotten tunnels provide a pest-free, climate-controlled environment that is close to point of need. This and other innovative new approaches will be...
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Three Centres for Agricultural Innovation to launch in 2016

Sam White, from the Agri-Tech strategy Team, gas published a blog  about the new Centres for Agricultural Innovation, which will be launched later in 2016. Read the full to learn more about: Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI) ...
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Deadline extended: One last chance to present at EAAP 2016

The deadline for submissions to present at the 2016 EAAP Conference in Belfast has been extended to Monday 7 March . Would-be presenters now have one more week to apply to present at this year's event, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 29 August to 2 September. EAAP general secretary Andrea Rosati said: “We received many requests to extended the deadline by...
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Impact of climate change on food production - modelling study predicts over 500,000 extra deaths in 2050

Climate change could kill more than 500000 adults in 2050 worldwide due to changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. The research is the strongest evidence yet that climate change could have damaging consequences for food production and health worldwide. The modelling study, led by Dr Marco Springmann from the...
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It’s not just about light - about LED plant growth lighting at Rothamsted on 16 March

Join  Phytolux Ltd  at Rothamsted Research to hear about LED plant growth lighting: performance, efficiency and achievements, as well as the challenges of changing to / introducing this technology in controlled growth environments to extend growing seasons. Reserve your place at: http://phytolux.com/page/lighting/delegateRegistration . What:   It’s not...
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CommBeBiz Awards: Excellence in Bioeconomy to Business and Social Innovation

The CommBeBiz Awards aim to showcase the most innovative ideas emerging from  EU funded research projects in the bioeconomy sector . They are looking for ambitious ideas with the potential to address major challenges in the bioeconomy sector with clear business or social innovation potential. The type of innovation should be social, commercial, technological or with policy...
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N8 AgriFood Launch 2016: One Network, Many Solutions, 21-22 June, Manchester

N8 AgriFood Launch 2016: One Network, Many Solutions 21 & 22 June 2016, University Place, Manchester For companies, both currently within the food supply chain and those with an ambition to grow new business in the sector, N8 AgriFood provides a single portal for industry to access not only the greatest concentration of agri-food academic expertise in the UK, but also...
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Common Agricultural Policy Inspections and Data Innovation, 23 March, London

Defra is holding an event with the aim of working towards reducing the number and burden of physical farm inspections associated with the delivery of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in England. The  CAP Inspections and Data Innovation event will be held on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at the Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA. The programme for the day will...
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