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Time to end stagnant wheat yields - 4/15/2013 - Farmers Weekly

Time to end stagnant wheat yields - 4/15/2013 - Farmers Weekly | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
A focus on cutting costs and some crops being starved of nitrogen are two factors being implicated in the stagnation of average on-farm wheat yields since the mid-1990s, according to experts.
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New Statesman | Antibiotic resistance: the greatest public health threat of our time?

New Statesman | Antibiotic resistance: the greatest public health threat of our time? | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
A world without antimicrobials would be a world without modern medicine, so why is there not more urgency in addressing the global rise of drug resistance? The New Statesman brought leading health experts together to discuss the problem.
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Video: New £11.5m building at Norwich Research Park could help rural renaissance in Norfolk, minister says

Video: New £11.5m building at Norwich Research Park could help rural renaissance in Norfolk, minister says | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
A £11.5m hub to bring businesses together with top scientists could herald the dawn of 21st century rural renaissance for Norfolk, the new life sciences minister has said.
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BBSRC mention: Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields

BBSRC mention:  Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

ANCIENT North African and eastern Mediterranean wheat types could be sources of yield improvements in UK winter wheat crops going forward, visitors to Cereals heard.

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Pill used to treat leukaemia may be now be used to beat other cancers

Pill used to treat leukaemia may be now be used to beat other cancers | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
British-led study provides the first evidence that drugs can significantly restrict tumour growth and reduce the chances of relapse across a broad range of cancers
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The research was funded by Cancer Research UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

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BBSRC mention: Future health of Scottish whisky is in the genes

BBSRC mention: Future health of Scottish whisky is in the genes | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
LOVERS of a wee dram may soon be raising a glass to cutting-edge DNA fingerprinting techniques being used create a Scottish “superbarley”.

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BBSRC mention: Crop innovations take centre stage at Cereals 2014

BBSRC mention: Crop innovations take centre stage at Cereals 2014 | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
New science and technology that will help deliver better yields and quality and make more efficient use of inputs is in plentiful supply at Cereals 2014.

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BBSRC's curator insight, April 28, 4:57 AM

Rothamsted Research, the John Innes Centre and BBSRC are demonstrating how UK science is helping to find solutions to increase farming productivity in a sustainable manner. The focus is on disease resistance, crop adaptation to climate change, managing soils and biodiversity.

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BBSRC quote, IFR mention: Food industry held back by Frankenstein food fears

BBSRC quote, IFR mention: Food industry held back by Frankenstein food fears | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The food industry is being prevented from fully embracing the latest food science and technology because of consumers’ fear of ‘Frankenstein food’, according to former food and farming minister Jim Paice.

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Rothamsted Research featured: BBC iPlayer - Horizon - The £10 Million Challenge

Rothamsted Research featured: BBC iPlayer - Horizon - The £10 Million Challenge | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Horizon launches the £10 million Longitude Prize 2014.

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BBSRC's curator insight, May 23, 5:28 AM

Rothamsted Research featured in segment on food security. 

GM Camelina plants discussed from 26m60s to 29m15s

Episode available on iPlayer until May 29

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BBSRC mention: Black Grass on Farming Today - BBC Radio 4

BBSRC mention: Black Grass on Farming Today - BBC Radio 4 | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

mAs black-grass continues to cause problems for cereal growers this year, more than 250 farmers meet at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany's site in Cambridgeshire, to find out how they can manage the weed better.


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BBSRC's curator insight, June 5, 3:42 AM

Discussion of a BBSRC-funded project to tackle blackgrass. 

 

Segment from 5m27s to 935 

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BBSRC mention: New £7m research package to tackle tree pests and diseases | Horticulture Week

BBSRC mention: New £7m research package to tackle tree pests and diseases | Horticulture Week | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
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BBSRC's curator insight, March 26, 7:54 AM

The Government has announced seven new research projects valued at £7 million to address pest and disease threats to Britain's trees.

 

BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/fundamental-bioscience/2014/140325-pr-projects-to-help-save-forests-woods-trees.aspx ;

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BBSRC mention: Animal camouflage: can you spot the bird? - Telegraph

BBSRC mention: Animal camouflage: can you spot the bird? - Telegraph | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
A test to see whether you can spot camouflaged birds hiding in their habitat

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BBSRC's curator insight, March 24, 5:03 AM

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Dr Martin Stevens, who is leading the project, hopes to exploit these camouflage techniques to help mobile phone masts and telegraph poles look more inconspicuous or to hide ugly buildings from view or make road signs easier to read.

 

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/fundamental-bioscience/2014/140219-f-camouflage-games-can-you-spot-the-bird.aspx

 

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BBSRC mention: Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals

BBSRC mention: Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Study suggests pylons and wires that stretch across many landscapes are having a worldwide impact on wildlife - funded by BBSRC

 


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BBSRC mention: Scientists find substance which could help skin stay looking younger

BBSRC mention: Scientists find substance which could help skin stay looking younger | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ RESEARCHERS from the North-East have identified a substance which offers total protection against some types of sun damage and may ultimately help skin stay looking younger for longer.”
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BBSRC funds £4M of diet and health research

BBSRC funds £4M of diet and health research | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Six projects investigating diet and health have received £4M of research funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in a bid to help food and drink manufacturers improve the health benefits of their products.
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New £5m molecular farming facility in £26m research spree

New £5m molecular farming facility in £26m research spree | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman today lit the touchpaper to a £26 million spending spree on globally influential new facilities at Norwich Research Park.
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BBSRC mention: Human brain study, Simeon Courtie - BBC Wiltshire

BBSRC mention: Human brain study, Simeon Courtie - BBC Wiltshire | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Graham Rogers sits in & hears the BBSRC fund an advanced study on the human brain.

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BBSRC's curator insight, June 11, 9:27 AM

Interview with Prof Mike Coleman on his BBSRC-funded project to create a cellular model of the human brain. 

 

Interview from 14m07s to 26m35s

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BBSRC mention: Partnership identifies genetic and cultural routes to salad shelf life

BBSRC mention: Partnership identifies genetic and cultural routes to salad shelf life | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Southampton and salad producer Vitacress have identified both genetic and cultural factors which increase the shelf life of packed salads.


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BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions/Jackie Hunter quote: Trial of GM plants to help fight heart disease given go-ahead

BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions/Jackie Hunter quote: Trial of GM plants to help fight heart disease given go-ahead | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Scientists to grow a crop of camelina plants genetically modified to produce fish oils that could be used in health supplements

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BBSRC mention: Catch up: Coast & Country

BBSRC mention: Catch up: Coast & Country | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

In this episode:  Hannah Thomas is at the BBSRC-funded National Plant Phenomics Centre and Ruth Wignall and her family witness a Red Kite feeding frenzy during a trip to the Brecon Beacons.


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BBSRC's curator insight, May 6, 7:09 AM

IBERS -  BBSRC-funded National Plant Phenomics Centre mentioned from 13:38 

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BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions: New £2.8m black-grass initiative to be launched at Cereals

BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions: New £2.8m black-grass initiative to be launched at Cereals | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
THE HGCA and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have joined forces to fund a £2.8 million research initiative into UK black-grass management and resistance issues.  

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BBSRC mention: This Officially Confirms Why You'd Be Mad To Skip Breakfast

BBSRC mention: This Officially Confirms Why You'd Be Mad To Skip Breakfast | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
It turns out breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

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Global food security: could wheat feed the world?

Global food security: could wheat feed the world? | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Donors, businesses and research groups have united to pledge to boost wheat yields by 50% in the next 20 years. Rob Dawson explains why and how
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BBSRC mention: Wheat Group Seeks 50% Yield Boost by 2034 to Feed World

Crop researchers will aim to improve wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034 to feed a growing world population, according to an announcement at a summit to mark Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Norman Borlaug’s birth.

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BBSRC mention: Powerlines disturb animal habitats by appearing as disturbing flashes of UV light invisible to the human eye

BBSRC mention: Powerlines disturb animal habitats by appearing as disturbing flashes of UV light invisible to the human eye | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Wild animals see overhead power cables in remote regions of the countryside as disturbing lines of flashing lights, which could explain why many species avoid electricity pylons to the point where their natural territories become seriously fragmented, scientists said.

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BBSRC's curator insight, March 12, 3:20 PM

The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, analysed the UV corona associated with power lines in southern Norway, where there are now 23 distinct populations of wild reindeer as a result of habitat fragmentation caused by human infrastructure such as roads and overhead electricity cables, said Nick Tyler of the University of Tromsø in Norway

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BBSRC mention: Oxford Farming Conference: Technology revolution presents opportunities for farming

BBSRC mention: Oxford Farming Conference: Technology revolution presents opportunities for farming | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, Tory MP George Freeman said a technological revolution in British agriculture presents huge opportunities for UK farming,”
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