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BBC Radio: Bumblebees are threatened by pesticides

Listen to researchers commenting on two widely-used pesticides and their affect on bumblebees.

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Is a cocktail of pesticides wiping out our bees? Insects are being left confused by chemicals

Is a cocktail of pesticides wiping out our bees? Insects are being left confused by chemicals | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Widely-used pesticides are confusing bees and killing colonies, research suggests.


Bumblebees exposed to the crop chemicals gathered less pollen, were more likely to get lost and their young were more likely to perish, the British study found.


Although pesticides have been blamed for the decline of bees before, the study is the first to look at the effect of a combination of chemicals and at the sort of levels typically seen in the countryside.

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Viruses act like 'self-packing suitcases'

Researchers at the University of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease. 

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Barley genome could hold key to better beer

Barley genome could hold key to better beer | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Scientists have published a high resolution draft of the barley genome. The research will help to produce new and better barley varieties that are vital for the beer and whisky industries.
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Women's hearts 'get twice the benefit from fish oil than men's

Women's hearts 'get twice the benefit from fish oil than men's | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The oils - found in fish like salmon, mackerel (pictured) and tuna - are known to improve chances of surviving a repeat heart attack.
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Can science help improve food security?

Can science help improve food security? | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

As food prices rise as a result of poor harvests, can science help increase yields and improve global food security?

 

BBSRC is part of the Global Food Security Programme, a partnership between UK research councils, government departments and agencies that aims to " meet the challenge of providing the world's growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of good quality food from less land and with lower inputs."

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BEACON helps business to support the green economy

Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Science (IBERS) is leading the BEACON programme. It aims to establish Wales as a Bio-refining Centre of Excellence.

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DNA sequencing to create new rice variety with greater health benefits

DNA sequencing is being used to analyse genes in rice in pioneering research which aims to develop a new variety of the grain with greater health benefits.

Rice is relied upon as a sustenance food by half of the world’s population.

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Chris Packham helps scientists unearth soil’s secret ‘DNA’

Chris Packham helps scientists unearth soil’s secret ‘DNA’ | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Chris Packham is helping scientists to unlock the secrets of soil by unravelling its genetic fingerprint. His garden soil will have its 'DNA' sequenced in a race against the clock, to highlight both the rapid advances in DNA sequencing technology and its expanding range of uses in biological science.

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Research shows bee 'flight plans'

Research shows bee 'flight plans' | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Scientists tracking the flight of the bumblebee have been astonished by the power of the insects' tiny brains.

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Socialising – while the crow flies

Socialising – while the crow flies | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

The social networking of wild birds has been mapped in unprecedented detail, using cutting-edge technology.

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Could bioscience research bring more Olympic and Paralympic medals

Some of the UK's leading bioscience and sports researchers have teamed up to help improve training for elite athletes, thanks to special funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and UK Sport with additional money from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Fish oils help slow age- related immobility

Fish oils help slow age- related immobility | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Moderate exercise, and a regular intake of oily fish fatty acids, keeps elderly immobility at bay.

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Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure, study finds

Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure, study finds | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Farming pesticides are also killing worker bumblebees, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail...
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The buzz about pesticides

The buzz about pesticides | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

In a study published in Nature, researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, UK, show that low-level exposure to a combination of two pesticides is more harmful to bumblebee colonies than either pesticide on its own.

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The Future Of Tasty Beer Lies In The Barley Genome

The Future Of Tasty Beer Lies In The Barley Genome | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The International Barley Genome Sequencing Consortium sequenced the barley genome to keep different varieties that can survive future climate changes.
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Barley genome breakthrough may lead to better beer | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - An international consortium of scientists has published a high resolution draft of the barley genome in a move that could not only improve yields and disease resistance but may also...
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Why fish oils hold all-powerful key to a healthy heart

Why fish oils hold all-powerful key  to a healthy heart | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Why fish oils hold all-powerful key to a healthy heart | UK News | - Breaking news from around the UK...
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Bristol University | News from the University | School of Biological Sciences

Bristol University | News from the University | School of Biological Sciences | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The button mushroom occupies a prominent place in our diet and in the grocery store where it boasts a tasty multibillion-dollar niche, while in nature, Agaricus bisporus is known to decay leaf matter on the forest floor.
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Bugs shape genetic landscape through plant defenses

As restaurant patrons’ diverse food preferences give rise to varied menu offerings, so plant-eating insects’ preferences play an important role in maintaining and shaping the genetic variation of their host plants in a geographic area, reports an international team of researchers that includes a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis.

 

The new study, involving aphids and the broccoli-like research plant Arabidopsis thaliana, provides the first measureable evidence that this selective process is driven, in part, by the pressure that multiple natural enemies exert on plants by forcing them to create diverse natural defenses to avoid being eaten.

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Scientists pinpoint potential breakthrough in treatment of brain disorders

Scientists pinpoint potential breakthrough in treatment of brain disorders | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers at Edinburgh University studied the progress of conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Biosecurity funding for forest threats

Research funders have come together in a bid to find innovative ways of addressing current and emerging threats to UK forests, woods and trees from pests and diseases. The multi-disciplinary Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative aims to generate knowledge to support the future health and resilience of trees and woodlands.

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Assessing a new technique for ensuring fresh produce remains Salmonella-free | e! Science News

Assessing a new technique for ensuring fresh produce remains Salmonella-free | e! Science News | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have tested a new technique to ensure fresh produce is free of bacterial contamination.
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Genetic cause of insulin sensitivity offers diabetes clues

The first single gene cause of increased sensitivity to the hormone insulin has been discovered by a team of Oxford University researchers.

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Orca menopause helps protect sons

Orca menopause helps protect sons | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Killer whale mothers live longer lives in order to protect their sons, a BBSRC-funded study finds.

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