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BBSRC mention: UK and India collaborating on algal bioenergy research

Over £4M of UK funding, with matching resources from India, has been awarded to three research projects that bring together expertise in...
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BIS Press Office - higher education and science's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:16 PM

Some good coverage following Sir Mark Walport's trip to India last week. 

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BBSRC mention: Future health of Scottish whisky is in the genes

BBSRC mention: Future health of Scottish whisky is in the genes | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
LOVERS of a wee dram may soon be raising a glass to cutting-edge DNA fingerprinting techniques being used create a Scottish “superbarley”.
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JIC mention: The sorceress’s apprentice

JIC mention: The sorceress’s apprentice | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
ANYONE who walks in the woods will be familiar with witches’ brooms (pictured). Many trees sport these bushy tumours, which have a variety of causes. An important...
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Roslin mention: Winnie the two, the first cloned dog from Britain

Roslin mention: Winnie the two, the first cloned dog from Britain | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The puppy is the first British dog to be cloned and was born in a laboratory in Seoul, South Korea, after DNA was taken from a west London dachshund and fused into an embryo.
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"Scientists in Scotland were the first in the world to clone an adult mammal, resulting in the birth of Dolly the sheep at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian in 1996."

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'More bee deaths' in northern Europe

A new study covering 17 EU countries says that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in Mediterranean countries.

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Babraham mention: Young-smoking fathers' obesity link

Babraham mention: Young-smoking fathers' obesity link | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Men who start smoking as children are likely to have fatter sons, research has suggested.
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IBERS mention: Lambing Live: Series 3: Live Show 4

IBERS mention: Lambing Live: Series 3: Live Show 4 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

The National Plant Phonemics Centre shows how science is improving grazing efficiency.

 

You can watch from 20 mins in.

 

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Rothamsted mention: Somerset floods: Lessons to be learnt from the Levels - Telegraph

Rothamsted mention: Somerset floods: Lessons to be learnt from the Levels - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
When it comes to the floods, we must stop searching for someone to blame
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Work carried out at Rothamsted Research and funded by the taxpayer is now producing solid information about the most efficient ways of managing willow as an energy source. It is time to put that information to use in large-scale trials, and the Somerset Levels would seem to be just the place to do it. 

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JIC mention: BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Future-proofing Forests

JIC mention: BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Future-proofing Forests | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Julian Rush asks what is being done to protect UK forests from diseases like ash dieback.
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BBSRC funded project

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BBSRC-funded: ‘Atkins gene’ reveals why obesity can run in family | The Times

Scientists have found a piece of genetic code that seems to have an effect on how we break down carbohydrates and starch
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Defra announces first agri-tech catalyst recipients | News | Farmers Guardian

Defra announces first agri-tech catalyst recipients | News | Farmers Guardian | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

DEFRA has announced the first recipients of its £70 million agri-tech catalyst.

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£30M BBSRC investment

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BBSRC mention: Wheat Group Seeks 50% Yield Boost by 2034 to Feed World

Crop researchers will aim to improve wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034 to feed a growing world population, according to an announcement at a summit to mark Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Norman Borlaug’s birth.
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BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/food-security/2014/140326-pr-international-partnership-wheats-potential.aspx

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BBSRC mention: Animal camouflage: can you spot the bird? - Telegraph

BBSRC mention: Animal camouflage: can you spot the bird? - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A test to see whether you can spot camouflaged birds hiding in their habitat
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BBSRC video

 

Dr Martin Stevens, who is leading the project, hopes to exploit these camouflage techniques to help mobile phone masts and telegraph poles look more inconspicuous or to hide ugly buildings from view or make road signs easier to read.

 

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/fundamental-bioscience/2014/140219-f-camouflage-games-can-you-spot-the-bird.aspx

 

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GM crops needed 'to feed the world'

A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions. Professor Sir Mark Walport, the government's chief scientific advisor, speaks to the Today programme.

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BBSRC mention: Salads last longer thanks to scientists' research

BBSRC mention: Salads last longer thanks to scientists' research | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
FEARS over the freshness of your lettuce could be a thing of the past thanks to a group of Southampton scientists.
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JIC mention: Parasite hijacks plants' reproductive system to turn them into ZOMBIES

JIC mention: Parasite hijacks plants' reproductive system to turn them into ZOMBIES | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have revealed for the first time how bacterial parasites can turn plants into the living dead for their own interests.
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JIC mention: Bacterial tricks for turning plants into zombies

JIC mention: Bacterial tricks for turning plants into zombies | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Microbe deploys proteins that manipulate both the plant it infects and the insects that spread it.
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JIC + Pirbright mention: Athena SWAN extended to research institutes

JIC + Pirbright mention: Athena SWAN extended to research institutes | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Six publically funded research institutes have won Athena SWAN awards for promoting good employment practices for women in science.
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Global food security: could wheat feed the world?

Global food security: could wheat feed the world? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Donors, businesses and research groups have united to pledge to boost wheat yields by 50% in the next 20 years. Rob Dawson explains why and how
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Rothamsted mention: New 'supergrass' could reduce flooding risk

Rothamsted mention: New 'supergrass' could reduce flooding risk | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists are hoping to develop a 'supergrass' that can not only survive being submerged but hopefully reduce the flood risk in areas like the Somerset Levels.
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JIC mention: Frankenfood or superfood?

JIC mention: Frankenfood or superfood? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
ARE they an answer to world hunger, a problem or TOXIC? What about the health benefits? The debate goes on..
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Lab cuts 'threat to human health'

Cuts to animal health surveillance mean Britain is at a much greater risk of outbreaks of devastating diseases such as "mad cow disease", experts say.

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BBSRC-funded: Salivary 'carb breakdown' gene linked to obesity, study shows

BBSRC-funded: Salivary 'carb breakdown' gene linked to obesity, study shows | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
UK researchers say discovery suggests dietary advice should focus on genetic predisposition to digest different foods
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Eureka! Scientists unveil giant leap towards synthetic life

Eureka! Scientists unveil giant leap towards synthetic life | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have made the first artificial chromosome which is both complete and functional in a milestone development in synthetic biology, which promises to revolutionise medical and industrial biotechnology in the coming century.
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BBSRC is funding part of the synthetic yeast project

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BBSRC mention: New £7m research package to tackle tree pests and diseases | Horticulture Week

BBSRC mention: New £7m research package to tackle tree pests and diseases | Horticulture Week | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
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The Government has announced seven new research projects valued at £7 million to address pest and disease threats to Britain's trees.

 

BBSRC press release: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/fundamental-bioscience/2014/140325-pr-projects-to-help-save-forests-woods-trees.aspx ;

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There's no choice: we must grow GM crops now | Observer editorial

There's no choice: we must grow GM crops now | Observer editorial | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Observer editorial: Almost a billion people face starvation and that problem will worsen unless we use the most effective technologies
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Editorial from The Observer on Sunday 16 March

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