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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Herbicide trials highlight differences in beet weed control programmes

FINDINGS from the first year of a new three-year herbicide trials programme have highlighted differences between weed control approaches in sugar beet in terms of efficacy on key weed species, cost and crop safety.
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BBSRC mention: Eggcellent citizen science: evolution of camouflage in bird eggs

GrrlScientist: How an online video game relies on citizen scientists to test the evolution of avian egg camouflage colours and patterns.
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IFR mention: Norfolk scientists launch study on the heart health benefits of drinking orange juice

IFR mention: Norfolk scientists launch study on the heart health benefits of drinking orange juice | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Norfolk-based scientists are looking for new recruits to a study looking at the benefits of drinking orange for preventing heart disease.
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Babraham mention: Bioscience set to boom in the East

Babraham mention: Bioscience set to boom in the East | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
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Rothamsted mention: Plants genetically modified to produce omega-3 ready for harvest

Rothamsted mention: Plants genetically modified to produce omega-3 ready for harvest | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A trial in Hertfordshire was genetically modified crops to produce omega-3 (shown). It is the first time plants grown outside have been made to produce fish oil.
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JIC mention: HEATWAVE Britain is on the brink of an invasion - from an army of MONSTER slugs

JIC mention: HEATWAVE Britain is on the brink of an invasion - from an army of MONSTER slugs | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Millions of the slimy monsters are crawling our way and threatening to overrun our gardens and even our homes, as doors and windows are left open during the sweltering heat.
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BBSRC mention: New £5m molecular farming facility in £26m research spree

BBSRC mention: New £5m molecular farming facility in £26m research spree | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman today lit the touchpaper to a £26 million spending spree on globally influential new facilities at Norwich Research Park.
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The Centrum building, Virtual Technology Centre and future molecular farming facility are part of a substantial £26m project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

 

BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/people-skills-training/2014/140723-pr-minister-opens-centrum-building.aspx 

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BBSRC funded research: Brazil to unleash GM-mosquito swarms to fight dengue

BBSRC funded research: Brazil to unleash GM-mosquito swarms to fight dengue | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Modified mozzies will be raised and released on a commercial scale for the first time, but critics warn that this biotech has not been sufficiently tested
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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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BBSRC mention/quote: Vaccinology network will tackle threat of animal diseases

BBSRC has funded a new multidisciplinary network of veterinary vaccinology experts to help in the fight against animal diseases.
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Rothamsted/BBSRC mentions: Conference to address future of food security

Food security and sustainability in the UK are to be discussed at a major conference in Exeter next month. The Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology 2014 conference titled 'The impact of...
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Tim Benton: The sanctions fight with Russia could make Britain go hungry - Telegraph

Tim Benton: The sanctions fight with Russia could make Britain go hungry - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
We are used to having plentiful food, and at an affordable price. But the crisis in Ukraine should remind us that we cannot take Britain's food security for granted
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BBSRC quote/Rothamsted mention: First GM crops enriched with nutrients ready for harvest

BBSRC quote/Rothamsted mention: First GM crops enriched with nutrients ready for harvest | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Gentically modified plants which contain health boosting Omega-3 have been created by British scientists and will be harvested with weeks
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Dr Paul Burrows, Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Strategy, said: “The BBSRC camelina project at Rothamsted Research is an example of plant technology being used to address a real world problem where there are currently no sustainable solutions.

 

“To get the project to this stage has required years of work in lab conditions but it is only when scientists can undertake studies in the field that we can see if the approach would work in real life farm applications.”

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Centrum Opening at NRP: BBC Look East - East, 23/07/2014

Centrum Opening at NRP: BBC Look East - East, 23/07/2014 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The latest news, sport and weather for the East of England.
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Piece from 12m36s to 15m30s

 

Only available on July 24.

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BBSRC mention, Jackie Hunter quote: New £11.5m building at Norwich Research Park could help rural renaissance in Norfolk, minister says

BBSRC mention, Jackie Hunter quote: New £11.5m building at Norwich Research Park could help rural renaissance in Norfolk, minister says | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A £11.5m hub to bring businesses together with top scientists could herald the dawn of 21st century rural renaissance for Norfolk, the new life sciences minister has said.
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From BBSRC organised opening event and press release:

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/people-skills-training/2014/140723-pr-minister-opens-centrum-building.aspx

 

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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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