Scientists have discovered that reindeer eyes change colour from gold to blue over the course of the year – the first time this has ever been shown to happen in mammals. The most recent study, published yesterday, was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – one of the seven members of the Government-backed Research Councils UK group"
Chalara fraxinea will be one of about 650 plant pests and pathogens categorised for a risk register which the Forestry Commission, Defra and other stakeholders are developing. This register will help to strengthen biosecurity and reduce risks to tree and plant health at the border and within the UK. Other measures under way to tackle the disease are outlined below.
Defra-BBSRC co-funded Nornex project into genomic testing has begun. The research aims to provide robust molecular markers for accelerated selection of resistant ash and to advance understanding of the nature of the fungus.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Potato and Horticulture sectors welcome the news that the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Scottish Government, have awarded more £3M in research funding...
Cambridgeshire is becoming a world leader in decoding the secrets of our DNA. A new centre devoted to just that has opened in the county. It's going to be the headquarters of the European Bioinformatics Institute and focus on revolutionary new science which could cure rare diseases and secure new types of food and water supplies..
Scientists at the University of Warwick are investigating whether we can grow a navy or haricot bean variety in Britain for British baked beans.
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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is funding PhD student Andrew Tock’s project through a food security studentship at the University of Warwick Crop Centre, supervised by Professor Eric Holub and Dr Guy Barker.
By supporting genomics research, various government bodies like NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute, U.S.) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, U.K.) are increasing the adoption of high-throughput sequencing platforms
BRACE yourself for a few of Pete Smithers' favourite things.He loves crickets, locusts, meal worms, wax moth larvae, leaf-cutter ants and ant pupae – as food.Pete, one of Britain's leading...
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Composers, film makers and designers and puppeteers became involved and Syncapoda won a £5,000 grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and £4,850 from the Awards for All Lottery Fund. The BBSRC was impressed by the potential to spread knowledge about the world of insects.
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