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.
Scientists in Sweden believe they are on the brink of stopping slugs and snails in their slimy tracks and can stop them from slithering across peoples' beloved plants and vegetables – by trapping and killing them en masse.
“[Slugs and snails] usually survive the winter in our gardens as eggs,” Dr Ian Bedford, the head of entomology at the John Innes Centre for research and training on microbial science told The Daily Telegraph.
Wild bees have become as important as domesticated honeybees in pollinating food crops around the world due to the dramatic decline in number of healthy honeybee colonies over the past half century, a study has found.
Genetic engineering could help cut our use of fossil fuels and resources with the right support from environmentalists and government
In the UK alone, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council estimates there are more than 300 companies working in the field, with new multimillion-pound biotech centres opening last year in Glasgow and Liverpool to meet surging global demand.
Away from intensive agriculture and sheltered from the effects of climate change, our cities may be the refuges that bees and other pollinating insects need to survive. Barry J Gibb explores.
In this film we meet the scientists from the Insect Pollinators Initiative, an ambitious UK-wide scientific collaboration that’s exploring where and how wild bees and other pollinators are living in cities around the UK.
With low commodity prices and rising regulatory pressures squeezing arable margins, farmers must focus on efficiency if they are to stay ahead of the game. CHRIS HILL reports from the Cereals 2015 show.
New research findings by John Innes Centre (JIC) scientists have helped to settle an important debate in the field of epigenetic inheritance. Using the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for their research, Professor Martin Howard, Professor Caroline Dean and members of their labs, have been trying to understand how organisms ‘remember’ past events at the cellular level.
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