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BBSRC funding: Gold, silver and lasers: new weapons for the superbug war

BBSRC funding: Gold, silver and lasers: new weapons for the superbug war | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Paunov’s method involves using small gold particles that recognise and trap microbes of a desired shape, followed by the use of lasers to kill them.


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Rob Dawson's curator insight, May 23, 2013 8:51 AM

Vesselin Paunov at the University of Hull is BBSRC funded

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Blooming marvellous! Meadow project wins Bristol Genius Awar

Blooming marvellous! Meadow project wins Bristol Genius Awar | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A project to plant flower meadows across the city has won the Mayor’s Bristol Genius Award for its efforts to transform the urban environment for pollinating insects, while making Bristol more attractive for residents and visitors.
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The Urban Pollinators Project is a collaborative research project between the University of Bristol, University of Reading, University of Leeds and the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with local councils and wildlife trusts.  It is funded jointly by a grant from the BBSRC, Defra, NERC, the Scottish Government and the Wellcome Trust, under the Insect Pollinators Initiative

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BBSRC mention: Unkempt, weedy land unintentionally boosts wildlife

BBSRC mention: Unkempt, weedy land unintentionally boosts wildlife | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Parts of the farm landscape that look overgrown and 'scruffy' are more important in supporting wildlife than they first appear, according to new research published today in Ecology Letters.
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Angelina Jolie's cancer decision highlights row over genetic technology

Concerns that firms' rights to hold patents on genes linked to breast cancer is pushing up cost of testing for disease
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Steve Visscher quote/BBSRC mention: Wheat Initiative: 60% increase in wheat production needed by 2050

By 2050, a 60% increase in wheat production will be needed to meet the demand of a growing population.
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IFR/TGAC/BBSRC mentions: Mining the botulinum genome

IFR/TGAC/BBSRC mentions: Mining the botulinum genome | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it


The toxin that causes botulism is the most potent that we know of.

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Malaria parasite 'controls mosquito'

Malaria parasite 'controls mosquito' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite are more attracted to human body odour than uninfected insects, scientists report.

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The researchers will now begin a three-year project, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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Technology Networks - The Online Scientific Community - News

BBSRC is contributing €3M as a major partner in a new call for research projects in Synthetic Biology.

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One-third of animal species will be hit by climate change, scientists warn

One-third of animal species will be hit by climate change, scientists warn | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Plant and animal species could see dramatic losses as habitats become unsuitable and ecosystems collapse
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Rothamsted mention: Plants warn each other of aphid attack, say scientists

Plants really can talk to each other, according to a new scientific report.
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Because a low calorie diet can extend life – even if taken over a lifetime

Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive Officer and a speaker at the Conference OFSR, said: As life continues to expand in the developed world we face the challenge of increasing our healthspan is the year of our lives when we can expect to be healthy and free from serious or chronic illnesses. Using a systems biology approach to study the fundamental mechanisms underlying the aging process CISBAN help scientists find ways to keep more people live longer healthy and independent .

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BBSRC visit to Korea: Maeil Business Daily

BBSRC visit to Korea: Maeil Business Daily | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
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Under the title of “BBSRC look for Korean partners”, the article has quoted Prof. Douglas Kell, CEO of the BBSRC as saying that “UK and Korea have the world best bio science technology so there can be excellent result when two countries are working together. ”

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BBSRC funding: Construction to start on UK’s greenest building

BBSRC funding: Construction to start on UK’s greenest building | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Construction work will start on a new low carbon exemplar building for the University of East Anglia within the Norwich Research Park (NRP), which is being touted as the UK’s greenest building.

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Rob Dawson's curator insight, May 23, 2013 7:33 AM

The centre is scheduled to open in January 2015. Funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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Vaccine developed for Schmallenberg virus

A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a livestock virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets.
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BBSRC mention: Almac secures BBSRC programme with UCL

UK-based Almac biocatalysis has secured a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) programme with University College London (UCL
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Tar sands exploitation would mean game over for climate, warns leading scientist

Tar sands exploitation would mean game over for climate, warns leading scientist | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Prof James Hansen rebukes oil firms and Canadian government over stance on exploiting fossil fuel, which he says would make climate problem unsolvable
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Rothamsted Mention: Reduced risk of aphid damage and virus spread?

CROPS may be well behind last year and growing slowly, but aphids are even further behind. As a result they are likely to arrive in more mature crops than usual, reducing the risk of damage and virus spread.
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BBSRC mention: Malaria parasite 'controls mosquito'

BBSRC mention: Malaria parasite 'controls mosquito' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite are more attracted to human body odour than uninfected insects, scientists report.
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Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time

Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The cells, made with cloning technique behind Dolly the sheep, have the potential to regenerate damaged organs and tissues

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Rob Dawson's curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:54 AM

The Roslin Institute's research on Dolly the sheep mentioned

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What plants will you eat in the Future? A showcase at RHS Chelsea Flower Show - BBSRC supporting

What plants will you eat in the Future? A showcase at RHS Chelsea Flower Show - BBSRC supporting | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Food for the Future will be the focus of a fascinating exhibit created by scientists from The University of Nottingham at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, thanks to BBSRc support.


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Breed insects to improve human food security: UN report

Breed insects to improve human food security: UN report | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Farms processing insects for animal feed might soon become global reality as demand grows for sustainable feed sources
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BBSRC mention: Breakthough in wheat breeding science offers greater yields

UK wheat yields could be boosted by up to 30% with the introduction of a new wheat bred from a wild grass species.

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BBSRC Mention: Getting right back down to Earth (or soil)

BBSRC Mention: Getting right back down to Earth (or soil) | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
NFU blogger Alan Rae looks at growing research attention for the most fundamental of our resources – soil.
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"The BBSRC (which deals with bio science and food security) and the NERC, which focuses on environmental research,  are putting together a £7m collaborative research programme of which 10% will be put up by large commercial companies to look at some of the issues involved in use of water and nutrients (how do they stay put instead of being leached out) in a more sustainable way in mainstream agriculture."

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BBSRC mention: Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

Scientists from the BBSRC – funded Rothamsted Research, the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute grew the bean plant (Vicia faba) in groups of five. They allowed three in each group to grow underground networks of mycelia – a thread-like fungus that grows from one set of roots to another. They kept the two remaining plants free of the fungal links.

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