BBSRC has published a position statement on new and emerging techniques for crop improvement. These novel techniques, which can introduce precise genetic changes into plants, are currently being used in research labs as a tool to help understand the function of genes.
Following an independent Review of Health, Safety, and Biosafety at The Pirbright Institute, commissioned earlier this year by the institute's Trustee Board with the support of BBSRC as Pirbright's strategic funder, a report has been published outlining 17 recommendations for the institute moving forwards. The Trustee Board and Executive Directors of the Institute have accepted and will be implementing all recommendations in the report.
Earlier this year, BBSRC’s Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel established a broadly-based, time-limited group to advise on the Council’s role (potentially with others) in relation to the sustainable intensification (SI) of agriculture. The role of the working group was to consider how BBSRC could best contribute to supporting research or related activities (infrastructure, training and skills, translation of research into practice etc) relevant to SI.