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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.
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BBSRC mention: New research into grain skinning has variety focus

A NEW research project at SRUC will look at the problem of grain skinning in barley.
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BBSRC funded: Video: Synchrotron yields 'safer' vaccines

BBSRC funded: Video: Synchrotron yields 'safer' vaccines | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
British scientists have developed a new, safer, method of creating vaccines using a particle accelerator, according to research published in the PLOS pathogens journal.
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Pirbright mention/BBSRC funded: New foot-and-mouth vaccine offers hope for developing world

Pirbright mention/BBSRC funded: New foot-and-mouth vaccine offers hope for developing world | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
By synthetically replicating the foot-and-mouth virus shell, British scientists have created a safer and more stable foot-and-mouth vaccine
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BBSRC Mention: Pesticide combination may harm bees' brains

BBSRC Mention: Pesticide combination may harm bees' brains | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Two common pesticides used by British farmers could affect bees' brains and their ability to learn, according to new research.
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BBSRC Mention: Biological scientists lead major research project that aims to make drugs more effective

University of Southampton biological scientists are leading a major research project aimed at making drugs more effective.
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BBSRC mention/Doug Kell quote: Pig wasting syndrome costing farmers millions

Stark new figures show that a common pig virus, present on 99 per cent of pig farms has major economic implications for individual farmers and the pig industry as a whole, costing British farmers as much as £84 per pig (if the pig dies from the...
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Ash dieback: landowners will be paid to restock woodlands

Ash dieback: landowners will be paid to restock woodlands | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The 'ash management plan' aims to slow the spread of the fungus, which threatens 129,000 hectares of the UK
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Announcing the government's "ash management plan", Owen Paterson said an additional £1.5m would be spent to identify populations of ash trees that are resistant to ash dieback, which was discovered in the UK last year.


- this funding is BBSRC/Defra cofunded

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There are zombies among us

There are zombies among us | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Forget free will – many of us could be taking orders from the parasites inside our brains, reports Jerome Burne
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BBSRC mention: Green Biologics Wins Biobutanol Funding

BBSRC mention: Green Biologics Wins Biobutanol Funding | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

The goal of the 18 month project is to develop a novel bacterial host for the production of 1-butanol from renewable feedstocks.

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Science adviser warns of more floods

The government's chief scientist says that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods, drought and storms over the next 25 years.
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GFS mention: Resilience, safety and security of UK food imports highlighted in new Global Food Security report and public exhibition

A new report has highlighted issues surrounding global food systems and the importation of food into the UK
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Innovator of the year

The competitions form part of BBSRC’s Fostering Innovation initiative. They encourage research in biosciences to cross the gap from academia to tangible economic and social benefits.

 

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: "The UK is at the forefront of bioscience, thanks to the pioneering work of BBSRC and continued investment in our world-class research base. These awards recognise how we are fostering innovation and working closely with industry. This will ensure our cutting edge research brings benefits to the economy and society.”


 


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Wasp spiders' move north explained

Wasp spiders' move north explained | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Temperature tolerance is key to the spread of wasp spiders into northern Europe, according to scientists.
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BBSRC Mention: Honey bee brain impacted by pesticides

BBSRC Mention: Honey bee brain impacted by pesticides | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Honey bees exposed to combined pesticides are slower to learn and forget associations between floral scent and food rewards.
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Pirbright Mention/BBSRC funded: New jab may wipe out foot and mouth, say British scientists

Pirbright Mention/BBSRC funded: New jab may wipe out foot and mouth, say British scientists | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Described as 'close to the holy grail', the drug is safer and cheaper to produce than existing jabs. Crucially, it is easy to distinguish an animal that has been immunised from one that is infected.
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Pirbright Mention/BBSRC funded: Foot-and-mouth advance heralds end of farmers' greatest horror

Pirbright Mention/BBSRC funded: Foot-and-mouth advance heralds end of farmers' greatest horror | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new type of vaccine against foot and mouth disease that could radically change the way the government deals with future outbreaks as well as earning Britain a major slice of the £3.3bn annual market in the animal vaccine.
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BBSRC Mention: Details of new foot and mouth vaccine announced

BBSRC Mention: Details of new foot and mouth vaccine announced | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
SCIENTISTS are on the cusp of developing a new, marketable vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV).
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BBSRC funded: Bacteria to become 'bio-batteries'

BBSRC funded: Bacteria to become 'bio-batteries' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Bacteria could soon be acting as microscopic "bio-batteries" thanks to a joint UK-US research effort.
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BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Appetite genes are key to better diets for poultry, study shows

BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Appetite genes are key to better diets for poultry, study shows | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The welfare of poultry could be improved by a discovery about how chickens regulate their appetites.
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BBSRC, NRP mentions: Video: Work starts on new Centrum building at Norwich Research Park

BBSRC, NRP mentions: Video: Work starts on new Centrum building at Norwich Research Park | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Work started on a new £11.5m building which will be at the heart of commercial research and development at Norwich Research Park.
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Turing's Universal Machine voted greatest British innovation

Turing's Universal Machine voted greatest British innovation | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Alan Turing's Universal Machine has been voted the greatest British innovation of the past century in a new poll.
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BBSRC mention: Breakthrough in race to create 'bio-batteries'

BBSRC mention: Breakthrough in race to create 'bio-batteries' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made an important breakthrough in the quest to generate clean electricity from bacteria.

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Video: Could the Waggle dance hold the key to bee health?

By vibrating their wings and bodies, bees can communicate with each other in the hive. Scientists believe that they can decode these vibrations to help diagnose a hive if it is infected with disease.
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BBSRC mention: Queens scientist named Innovator of the Year

Queen's scientist named Innovator of the Year - A Queen's University scientist has won two national awards for his research on microneedles which deliver drugs without causing pain or bleeding.
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Rothhamsted mention: Rothamsted applies for autumn GM wheat trial

Rothhamsted mention: Rothamsted applies for autumn GM wheat trial | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain's first open field trial of autumn-sown GM wheat could get under way later this year.
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