BBSRC Business

Connecting our science with industry, policy makers and society

Summer 2012

The Arab Spring and the spread of animal disease

Headlines

  • New programme brings companies together to combat animal disease

    A new research club, launched today (13 June 2012), will unite farmers, breeders and pharmaceutical companies in the fight against animal diseases. The Animal Health Research Club (ARC) will invest around £9.5M…

  • BBSRC announces new Council members

    Three new members have been appointed to the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts…

  • Funders join forces to develop biomedical entrepreneurs

    Researchers in the biomedical sciences are being offered the chance to sharpen their business skills in a new national competition. The Biomedical Young Entrepreneurs Scheme will help PhD students and early-career researchers…

  • Open letter from the UK funding bodies to improve design and reporting of animal research

    The Chief Executives of the three main funding bodies for bioscience research in the United Kingdom have today (22 May 2012) written an open letter to the Vice-Chancellors, Principals of universities and Heads of…

  • CASE evaluation recognises high quality training with industry

    An independent evaluation has found that the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's (BBSRC) Industrial CASE schemes provide high quality training for students, helping them to develop a broad range of…

  • New website to support wheat research

    A new wheat research information resource was launched today in a bid to help coordinate worldwide research efforts in the fields of wheat genetics, genomics, physiology, breeding and agronomy…

  • Funding fuels development of bioenergy crop

    The development of a promising biofuel crop, Miscanthus, has been given a boost today with the announcement of an additional £6.4M in UK Government funding, over five years, for an integrated and collaborative breeding programme…

  • Science and industry club together to deliver better crops

    Today, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is announcing nine new industry-relevant crop science projects as part of the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC). The research is aimed at…

  • Public views gathered on bioenergy

    BBSRC is launching a new project to gather views on bioenergy research, with support from Sciencewise-ERC. The dialogue and engagement project will ensure that contemporary public views, concerns and aspirations…

Features

  • Plant perfumes woo beneficial bugs

    Scientists funded by BBSRC have discovered that maize crops emit chemical signals which attract growth-promoting microbes to live amongst their roots. This is the first chemical signal that has been shown to attract…

  • Feeding wild birds shown to reduce insect pests

    The common British past-time of feeding wild birds has been shown to reduce local populations of insect pests, according to research published in Basic and Applied Ecology and funded via a BBSRC doctorla training award…

  • Findings on aphid symbiosis could provide new insecticide targets

    Research led by biologists at the University of York reveals potential new targets for aphid-specific insecticides. Aphids are pests that threaten food security, causing millions of pounds of damage to crops in the UK alone…

  • Barley takes a leaf out of reindeer’s book in the land of the midnight sun

    Barley grown in Scandinavian countries is adapted in a similar way to reindeer to cope with the extremes of day length at high latitudes new research from the John Innes Centre and the Max Planck Institute has found…

  • Virus ‘barcodes’ offer rapid detection of mutated strains

    Researchers funded by BBSRC and others are developing a way to 'barcode' viral diseases to rapidly test new outbreaks for potentially lethal mutations. Dr Julian Hiscox and Dr John Barr…

  • Salmonella infection, but not as we know it

    BBSRC-funded researchers at Cambridge University have shed new light on a common food poisoning bug. Using real-time video microscopy, coupled with mathematical modelling, they have changed our assumptions about Salmonella…

  • Doubling the information from the Double Helix

    Our genes control many aspects of who we are - from the colour of our hair to our vulnerability to certain diseases - but how are the genes, and consequently the proteins they make themselves controlled…

  • Scientists find new pieces of hearing puzzle

    Researchers funded by BBSRC have gained important new insights into how our sense of hearing works. Their findings promise new avenues for scientists to understand what goes wrong when…

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