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.
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
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.
"Meanwhile, scientists from the John Innes Centre are working on developing a dipping stick that can be used to test the water"
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.
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.’
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.
Britain's urban areas are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, a study has found.
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.
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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