Food security news
In its first tests in humans, BBSRC-funded researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow found that the ingredient is effective at preventing weight gain in overweight volunteers. The ingredient contains propionate, which stimulates the gut to release hormones…
New research by Dr Steve Penfield from the John Innes Centre has found that ‘mother’ plants remember the seasons and use this memory to teach their seeds the time of year and tell them when they should germinate. In his study of Arabidopsis thaliana, a common weed often used as a model for plant research, Dr Penfield found that the mother plant plays an important role in sensing temperature and forms a long term temperature memory which she uses to control the behaviour of her progeny seeds.
BBSRC is co-funding a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate the NERC-led Valuing Nature Programme, and to further develop and broaden the existing Valuing Nature Network. Members of the BBSRC community are encouraged to join the network to learn about funding opportunities, events, workshops and other activities aimed at fostering dialogue and building interdisciplinary collaboration and capability in this area.