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Summer 2013

Wheat breeding science offers greater yields - 14 May 2013. NIAB

Wheat breeding science offers greater yields

Headlines

  • The worrying emergence of insecticide resistance in crop pests

    Scientists at Rothamsted Research have today highlighted the worrying emergence of resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in grain aphids and the implications this may have for controlling Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus…

  • Multidisciplinary research centres in synthetic biology

    Following the announcement of £600M capital investment for Research Councils in the autumn 2012 statement, BBSRC and EPSRC are planning to establish up to six multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centres over two years…

  • BBSRC is major partner in new €15M Europe-wide synthetic biology funding

    The call is the first from the Synthetic Biology ERA-NET (ERASynBio) - a project designed to enhance European Synthetic Biology research through joint policy making, community building and training, and transnational funding…

  • An international vision for wheat improvement

    By 2050, a 60% increase in wheat production will be needed to meet the demand of a growing population. The Wheat Initiative, an international consortium gathering public institutions and private companies, was created as part of the 2011 action plan of the G20 Agricultural Ministries to coordinate global wheat research and participate to global food security…

  • UK hosts ‘Tetrapartite 2013’

    BBSRC took a leading role in the organisation of this year's 'Tetrapartite' meeting, which took place from 2 to 5 June 2013. Tetrapartite is an annual meeting of the heads of agricultural science and policy from France, USA, Canada and the UK. Partner nations host the meeting in rotation, and this year the privilege fell to BBSRC…

  • £1.82M innovation boost for research in Norwich

    Bright ideas from scientists collaborating on the Norwich Research Park could get vital investment towards commercialisation thanks to a new £1.82M 'Proof of Concept' Fund backed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Norwich Research Park…

Features

  • Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

    Plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack, UK scientists have discovered. The study, published in Ecology Letters, is the first to reveal plants' ability to communicate underground in this way…

  • Profile: Lynda Harris and promise for preterm births

    BBSRC-funded team wow the OneStart competition with the first novel drug carriers to safely target the placenta…

  • Reducing the environmental impacts of fertiliser use

    Scientists have demonstrated how improvements in nitrogen fertiliser manufacture and their application could help reduce China's agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by around 60%, by 2030, compared to the current business as usual approach…

  • Fighting microbes without antibiotics

    A team of scientists at the University of Hull have developed a new family of selective antimicrobial agents which could hold the key to fighting microbes without the use of traditional antibiotics…

  • Enzyme could hold key to wound healing in elderly

    Blocking a crucial enzyme which produces the stress hormone cortisol could lead to improved wound healing. Researchers found that wound healing significantly improved in mice when an enzyme called 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 gene (11β-HSD1) was deleted or blocked -inhibitors of this enzyme were used to speed up wound healing…

  • Public debates future of farming at Cheltenham Science Festival

    Visitors to this year's Cheltenham Science Festival were given the opportunity to share their hopes and concerns about using science technology, including GM, to increase food production and make farming more sustainable…

  • New grass hybrid could help reduce the likelihood of flooding

    A collaboration of plant and soil scientists from across the UK has shown a grass hybrid species could help reduce the impact of flooding. The BBSRC-funded scientists from North Wyke (part of Rothamsted Research), IBERS at Aberystwyth University, and Lancaster University, used a hybridised species of grass called perennial ryegrass…

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