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Highlights bioscience news stories from national and specialist media. Articles are featured to illustrate a range of coverage and to highlight news stories of strategic importance to BBSRC. Stories that mention BBSRC and the strategically funded institutes and stories that have been generated by BBSRC are also included.
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Pollution 'hampers bees' foraging'

Pollution 'hampers bees' foraging' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Honeybees' ability to find flowers could be hampered by a chemical in diesel exhaust, say scientists.
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New H7N7 bird flu strain discovered that could pose threat to humans

New H7N7 bird flu strain discovered that could pose threat to humans | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
H7N7 virus, found in chickens at markets in China, can kill ferrets, which are used as proxies for people in flu research
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BBSRC mention: Unscrambling the genetics of the chicken's 'blue' egg

In a four-year research project just published in the journal,PLOS ONE, the team from the School of Biology, has identified the genetic mutation which first produced the blue egg in native South American chicken

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JIC mention, quote: Weeds get unintended 'fitness' boost from genetic modification

JIC mention, quote: Weeds get unintended 'fitness' boost from genetic modification | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified (GM) crops could give harmful weeds a significant growth boost if their modifications are transferred into the wild
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BBSRC/JIC mentions: Farming feature: Could East Anglia lead way in ‘agri-tech’ farm technology revolution?

BBSRC/JIC mentions: Farming feature: Could East Anglia lead way in ‘agri-tech’ farm technology revolution? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
When the Government announced its new agri-tech strategy in July, you could almost hear East Anglia’s ripening fields of wheat and barley stand to attention.
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GFS/Tim Benton mention: Grub's up as fruit and veg push food inflation higher

GFS/Tim Benton mention: Grub's up as fruit and veg push food inflation higher | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Food prices are rising by more than double the rate of pay with the cost of fruit up by 10 per cent in the past year.
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BBSRCmention: Farmers Weekly Farm Adviser of the Year 2013: Keith Norman

BBSRCmention: Farmers Weekly Farm Adviser of the Year 2013: Keith Norman | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Keith Norman, technical director, Velcourt Farming is named as Farmers Weekly Farm Adviser of the Year 2013.
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Being the "first to know" is a key driver of Velcourt's investment in 5,500 plots and a six-man trial team. That, combined with Keith's wide industry involvement encompassing the R&D HGCA committee, BBSRC, John Innes Centre and AgTech strategy, to name but a few, keeps him ahead of the game - and a key influence on UK crop production right up to government level.

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BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Millions invested in salmonella research in cows

BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Millions invested in salmonella research in cows | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
More than half a million pounds is being invested in a three-year research project on salmonella at Edinburgh Vet School.
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BBSRC mention/Celia Caulcott quote: BBSRC and The Scottish Government announce £3M to fund research into some of the world’s most important crops

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, in conjunction with the Scottish Government, has awarded £3M in research...

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'Killer bees' could solve population crisis - Telegraph

'Killer bees' could solve population crisis - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Honey bees are being cross bred with their more aggressive African cousins to produce a hybrid which is hardier and more resistant to parasites.
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British-produced food would run out today, farmers warn

British-produced food would run out today, farmers warn | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Food supplies for the year would run out today if Britain had to rely on domestic goods alone due to a sharp fall in production in the past two decades, farmers have warned.
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