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New Bioenergy 'Toolkit' Launched - The Bioenergy Site

UK - BBSRC has launched a new toolkit to encourage researchers and the general public to engage in a national conversation about bioenergy.


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BBSRC mention: You're born a quick thinker, scientists claim

BBSRC mention: You're born a quick thinker, scientists claim | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh identified a common genetic variant - changes to a person's genetic code - related to how quickly a person is able to process new information.
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IFR mention: How an apple a day (and a cup of green tea) prevents heart disease

IFR mention: How an apple a day (and a cup of green tea) prevents heart disease | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The polyphenols in apples and green tea have a powerful effect on the body, a study shows
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IPI funded: Bees are happier in cities than on farmland, study claims

IPI funded: Bees are happier in cities than on farmland, study claims | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

We think of them as thriving in wildflower meadows and rolling fields. But new research by Reading University suggests Britain’s bees are happier near towns and cities

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JIC mention: Norwich-bred broccoli gets patent

JIC mention: Norwich-bred broccoli gets patent | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A new variety of vegetable bred in Norwich has been granted a patent after a legal victory.
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BBSRC funded: 'Sunshine eggs' and automated broccoli score agri-tech funding (Wired UK)

BBSRC funded: 'Sunshine eggs' and automated broccoli score agri-tech funding (Wired UK) | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
3D cameras that can track broccoli growth and "Sunshine Eggs" are just some of the projects that have been awarded funds by Innovate UK in a move to improve the development of agricultural technology in the UK
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BIS press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2015/150324-pr-16m-boost-for-agricultural-innovators.aspx

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BBSRC funded: New threats to wild bees identified

BBSRC funded: New threats to wild bees identified | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

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BBSRC mention: Doctors store 1,600 hearts for study

Doctors in London have stored 1,600 beating human hearts in digital form on a computer.

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Roslin mention: Dolly the sheep to get blue plaque in Edinburgh

Roslin mention: Dolly the sheep to get blue plaque in Edinburgh | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
To mark her contribution to science, Dolly, the first cloned mammal, will also become the first sheep to get a blue plaque.
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This blue plaque scheme is co-sponsored by BBSRC

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BBSRC funded: Swindon helps prove that bees thrive in towns and cities

BBSRC funded: Swindon helps prove that bees thrive in towns and cities | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain's towns and cities are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, a study which took place in Swindon and other urban areas, has found.
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BBSRC funded, Roslin mention: Time-lapse video shows a kidney growing

BBSRC funded, Roslin mention: Time-lapse video shows a kidney growing | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
University of Edinburgh scientists took time-lapse kidney growth images. An amazing video reveals structures called nephrons branching out like a tree (shown) as the kidney grows.
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BBSRC funded: Scientists create barley variety more resistant to flooding

BBSRC funded: Scientists create barley variety more resistant to flooding | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists in the UK have bred a barley variety which is better able to tolerate flooding and waterlogged conditions. Researchers at the University of Nott
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JIC mention: Toxic algae killing thousands of fish on the Norfolk Broads

JIC mention: Toxic algae killing thousands of fish on the Norfolk Broads | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A toxic algae has killed thousands of fish on the Norfolk Broads. Conservation teams from the Environment Agency have managed to net nearly half a million fish from around West Somerton and Hickling Broads and released them into fresher water, like at the Herbert Woods boatyard in Potter Heigham. The fish affected are mostly bream, roach, pike, perch and eels.
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"Meanwhile, scientists from the John Innes Centre are working on developing a dipping stick that can be used to test the water"

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JIC mention: Seminar aims to boost collaborations between farmers and scientists

JIC mention: Seminar aims to boost collaborations between farmers and scientists | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
In the face of rising regulatory pressures, collaborations between farmers and scientists will become increasingly important in finding natural alternatives to synthetic agro-chemicals.
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BBSRC mention: Light is shed on amazing migration of salmon

BBSRC mention: Light is shed on amazing migration of salmon | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers have taken a leap forward in their understanding of wild salmon in Wales
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BBSRC mention: Let’s keep talking: why public dialogue on science and technology matters more than ever

BBSRC mention: Let’s keep talking: why public dialogue on science and technology matters more than ever | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
James Wilsdon: Experiments in public engagement, pioneered by the Sciencewise programme, are one of the quiet success stories of UK science policy over the past decade.
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BBSRC quote: Patrick Middleton, head of public engagement at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, points to synthetic biology as one research field where Sciencewise’s contribution proved particularly useful. ‘What we learnt from the dialogue fed directly into our synthetic biology roadmap, and has led us to overhaul the way we assess and evaluate the social and ethical dimensions of new grants.’

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IFR mention: Watchdog Test House Series 2: Episode 14

IFR mention: Watchdog Test House Series 2: Episode 14 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

The team investigate the dangerous food bacteria campylobacter.

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IFR scientist Arnoud Van Vliet interviewed at 12m00s.

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JIC mention: Beware of slug invasion, gardeners told

JIC mention: Beware of slug invasion, gardeners told | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Experts believe this will be the worst ever year for slugs and snails, following a particularly warm winter
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Is the world ready for GM animals?

Is the world ready for GM animals? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

The use of genetically engineered animals could revolutionise whole areas of public health and agriculture, according to advocates. But is the world ready for modified mosquitoes and GM salmon?

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BBSRC mention, quote: Uni to lead data storage project

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has announced £7.5m of funding for infrastructure to help scientists study large datasets.

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From BSBRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/people-skills-training/2015/150213-pr-imperial-college-invests-babraham-campus.aspx 

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BBSRC mention: Bee Numbers; Farming Today - BBC Radio 4

BBSRC mention: Bee Numbers; Farming Today - BBC Radio 4 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

A report out today indicates there are now more varieties of bees in urban areas than in farmland. The study published by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council shows that there are similar numbers of bees in both settings.

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BBSRC mention: Bees thrive in urban areas as well as farmland, study finds

BEES thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves, a new study has shown.
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BBSRC/IPI mentions: Urban areas 'provide haven' for bees

BBSRC/IPI mentions: Urban areas 'provide haven' for bees | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Britain's urban areas are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, a study has found.

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The study was funded by The Insect Pollinators Initiative, which is joint-funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defra, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Scottish Government and the Wellcome Trust.

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BBSRC mention: Robot scientist 'Eve' could make drug delivery cheaper

BBSRC mention: Robot scientist 'Eve' could make drug delivery cheaper | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Eve, an AI "robot-scientist" and sequel to Adam -- the first machine to independently discover scientific knowledge -- has been touted as the robot that could make drug delivery both faster and cheaper
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