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BBSRC mention: Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

Scientists from the BBSRC – funded Rothamsted Research, the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute grew the bean plant (Vicia faba) in groups of five. They allowed three in each group to grow underground networks of mycelia – a thread-like fungus that grows from one set of roots to another. They kept the two remaining plants free of the fungal links.


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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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JIC/BBSRC mention: New research funding to combat yellow rust

JIC/BBSRC mention: New research funding to combat yellow rust | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ A major £1.4m international research project aimed at combating a key disease in wheat is set to take place in the east of England.”
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BBSRC mention: University of Southampton could turn food waste into renewable energy

BBSRC mention: University of Southampton could turn food waste into renewable energy | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ IT is a project that aims to unlock the key to turning food waste into renewable energy.”
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BBSRC mention: Institute Receives Funding for Research into Aggression in Pigs

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded £580,000 to study possible ways to reduce pig aggression in order to improve welfare and the economic benefits to farmers.
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BBSRC funded research: BBC Winterwatch

BBSRC funded research: BBC Winterwatch | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ The team explores the Caledonian Forest, home to squirrels and pine martens.”
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Fish oil GM crop bid submitted

Fish oil GM crop bid submitted | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Field trials of a genetically modified crop containing fish oil nutrients in its seeds could begin in the UK this year.”
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Scientists bid to begin field trials into fish oil GM crop

Scientists bid to begin field trials into fish oil GM crop | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ British scientists have applied to begin field trials of a genetically modified crop containing fish oil nutrients in its seeds in what could be a big boost to the fish farming industry.”
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£12m for new plant technology hothouse | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England

£12m for new plant technology hothouse | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Plant scientists in Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant.”
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BBSRC mention: Wheat promiscuity holds key to yields, Oxford Farming Conference hears

BBSRC mention: Wheat promiscuity holds key to yields, Oxford Farming Conference hears | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Wheat will have sex with anything. That observation was made at the Oxford Farming Conference by Keith Woodward, professor of cereal genomics at Bristol University.

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GFS mention/Tim Benton quote: Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years

GFS mention/Tim Benton quote: Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
A GLOBAL food crisis will see the cost of household staples rocket by almost a fifth in five years, economists warned yesterday.

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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 mention: The Key To Younger Looking Skin?

BBSRC mention: The Key To Younger Looking Skin? | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Science has good news for those looking to prevent the signs of premature ageing.”
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BBSRC mention: New Focus on Reducing Campylobacter Risks

A new report from BBSRC, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra details research priorities aimed at reducing the risk of food poisoning from fresh poultry through better control of the food-borne pathogen Campylobacter.
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BBSRC mention: Research in fruit flies suggests a new mechanism explaining how diet may affect cancer, obesity

“ New research from the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre suggests that nutrients in the diet may play a role in changing the architecture of blood vessels in the gut and other organs.”
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First nutrient-enriched GM crops could be grown in the UK within months

First nutrient-enriched GM crops could be grown in the UK within months | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ A genetically modified crop boosted with a dietary supplement could be grown for the first time in Britain as early as this year following a request by scientists to conduct a controversial field trial at a heavily-protected research site in...”
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GM crops containing fish oil nutrients could be grown in UK within months - Telegraph

GM crops containing fish oil nutrients could be grown in UK within months - Telegraph | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Field trials of the first genetically modified crops to produce high yields of omega-3 fatty acids normally found in oily fish could start in Britain in just three months.”
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BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow featured: BBC Inside the Animal Mind

BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow featured: BBC Inside the Animal Mind | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Chris Packham explores the remarkable ways animals use their senses.”
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BBSRC mention: Secrets of potato blight could help farmers fight back

“ Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species.”
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BBSRC funds an aerial view of crops

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Thanks to funding from BBSRC, Rothamsted Research has a new octocopter to monitor agricultural crops and experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects.


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