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'Integrated approach needed to increase wheat yields' - 1/4/2013 - Farmers Weekly

'Integrated approach needed to increase wheat yields' - 1/4/2013 - Farmers Weekly | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Wheat yields of 20 tonnes/ha should be achievable in 20 years or less if collaboration between global scientists proves effective, according to Professor Maurice Moloney of Rothamsted Research.
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Tim Benton quote: Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

Tim Benton quote: Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken
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JIC, Agri-Tech mention: Norfolk farmers must forge closer ties with region’s researchers, says environment secretary Liz Truss

JIC, Agri-Tech mention: Norfolk farmers must forge closer ties with region’s researchers, says environment secretary Liz Truss | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Environment secretary Liz Truss has issued a clarion call to Norfolk’s farming community to step forward and be counted in the fight to boost global food production.
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Rothamsted mention: Scientists renew call for light-touch legislation on second-generation GM crops

Rothamsted mention: Scientists renew call for light-touch legislation on second-generation GM crops | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Senior scientists have called for a revamp of European legislation covering genetically modified crops in the light of radical advances in genome editing that has enabled crop researchers to make the smallest changes to a plant’s DNA with pinpoint accuracy.
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BBSRC involvement: UK research councils join forces in 'unprecedented move' to tackle rise of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'

BBSRC involvement: UK research councils join forces in 'unprecedented move' to tackle rise of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
All of the major scientific funding bodies in Britain are to collaborate on a joint research effort to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that threaten to end the era of modern medicine, it was announced today.
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BBSRC involvement: 'War cabinet' opens to tackle UK superbugs

BBSRC involvement: 'War cabinet' opens to tackle UK superbugs | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Science minister Greg Clark has begun his role with a declaration of war against superbugs. Mr Clark said all seven UK research councils were joining forces to form a "war cabinet" to tackle antibiotic resistance.
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Rothamsted mention: BBC Hive Alive

Rothamsted mention: BBC Hive Alive | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Chris Packham and Martha Kearney reveal the mysteries of the honeybee.
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Rothamsted work profiled from 9m-11m. 

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BBSRC/Pirbright mentions: Construction Begins on Pirbright Avian Diseases Lab

UK - A concrete pouring ceremony has been held at The Pirbright Institute to mark the start of construction of new medium containment laboratories, which will be the home of the Avian Viral Diseases programme.
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BBSRC funded: Tuberculosis threat requires mass cull of cattle, not badgers, study reveals

BBSRC funded: Tuberculosis threat requires mass cull of cattle, not badgers, study reveals | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
National-scale research heavily contradicts government’s badger policy and says emphasis on cattle is only way to curb epidemic
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BBSRC funded: A vampire mite injected this bee with a deadly virus

BBSRC funded: A vampire mite injected this bee with a deadly virus | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Bloodsucking parasitic mites are injecting the UK's honeybees with a lethal virus that deforms their wings
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From BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2014/140626-pr-bloodsucking-mite-threatens-uk-honeybees.aspx ;

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Rothamsted mention: Why farmyard manure can add 1t/ha to yields in just two seasons

Rothamsted mention: Why farmyard manure can add 1t/ha to yields in just two seasons | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A little organic matter goes a long way in a short space of time, it seems. Sarah Henly asks researcher Andy Whitmore how growers should choose and use it to enhance crop yields.
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BBSRC mention: Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields

BBSRC mention:  Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | 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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Tim Benton Telegraph blog on Global Food Security: We need to change the way we feed ourselves before the world starves

Tim Benton Telegraph blog on Global Food Security: We need to change the way we feed ourselves before the world starves | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
With the deadline for the Longitude Prize 2014’s public vote rapidly approaching, we take a closer look at the issues it is asking you to vote on in our six-day series. Today, Tim Benton says the most urgent challenge is to provide a growing global population with a nutritious, sustainable supply of food
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Moving beyond the GM Debate

"Once again, there are calls to reopen the debate on genetically modified (GM) crops. I find these calls frustrating and unnecessarily decisive. In my opinion the GM debate, on both sides, continues to hamper the urgent need to address the diverse and pressing challenges of global food security and environmental sustainability. The destructive power of the debate comes from its conflation of unrelated issues, coupled with deeply rooted misconceptions of the nature of agriculture."

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By Ottoline Leyser: Off interest to BBSRC 

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Centrum mention: Government must double funding for innovation to compete, admits Vince Cable

Centrum mention: Government must double funding for innovation to compete, admits Vince Cable | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The Business Secretary reckons the Government isn't doing enough for innovaiton and says funding for the Technology Strategy Board must double to £1bn.
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"The third project is the £11.5m new Centrum building in Norwich which is being opened by George Freeman MP on Wednesday. The building has been designed to enable business to interact with scientists and researchers in the areas of food, health and energy."

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Rothamsted, JIC mentions: Genome editing of crops may be restricted by EU rules, warn scientists

Rothamsted, JIC mentions: Genome editing of crops may be restricted by EU rules, warn scientists | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
New technology designed to fight disease and improve yield, but different from GM, speeds up natural process of gene adaptation
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JIC mention: Return of the giant “killer” slugs - gardeners and farmers warned pests could return in their millions

JIC mention: Return of the giant “killer” slugs - gardeners and farmers warned pests could return in their millions | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Giant “killer” slugs, that hit headlines across the country in 2012 after being discovered by scientists in Norwich, are set for a comeback – in their millions.
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BBSRC involvement: New minister's 'war with superbugs'

BBSRC involvement: New minister's 'war with superbugs' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
New science minister Greg Clark has started his job with a declaration of war against superbugs.
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Urban Pollinators Initiative profiled: Shared Planet - BBC Radio 4

Urban Pollinators Initiative profiled: Shared Planet - BBC Radio 4 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Monty Don finds out how important urban areas are for the wildlife we share it with.
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BBSRC-funded Urban Pollinators Initiative is profiled from 16m15s until 27m. 

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BBSRC mention, Jackie Hunter quote: Antibiotic resistance: the greatest public health threat of our time?

BBSRC mention, Jackie Hunter quote: Antibiotic resistance: the greatest public health threat of our time? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | 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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Babraham mention: Cambridge answers antibiotics call to arms

A Cambridge company is in the vanguard of the Government’s fight to develop more powerful antibiotics to kill hospital acquired infections that trigger pneumonia.
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Rothamsted/JIC mention: UK government should talk up benefits of GM crops - FT.com

Rothamsted/JIC mention: UK government should talk up benefits of GM crops - FT.com | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified crops would help the UK grow more of its own food, according to the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. “The government should do more to inform the public about the potential beneficial impacts of growing GM
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BBSRC funded: Blood-sucking mite threatens honey bees

BBSRC funded: Blood-sucking mite threatens honey bees | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A blood-sucking parasite is partially responsible for increased deaths among honey bee colonies
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From BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2014/140626-pr-bloodsucking-mite-threatens-uk-honeybees.aspx ;
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BBSRC funds £4M of diet and health research

BBSRC funds £4M of diet and health research | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Six projects investigating diet and health to 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 health benefits of their products.
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From BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/health/2014/140623-pr-4m-of-diet-health-research-benefit.aspx

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Eat up your GM crops. They’re good for you | The Times

Eat up your GM crops. They’re good for you | The Times | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are cheaper to grow, need fewer pesticides and can be enriched with anti-cancer agents
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GM technology must be allowed to take root

GM technology must be allowed to take root | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientific breakthroughs that promise the alleviation of some of humanity’s most pernicious ills are coming increasingly thick and fast as the white heat of biotechnology is applied to the curses of malnutrition and disease in the developing world.
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Indy opinion: Off interest to BBSRC 

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