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BBSRC mention: Pioneering Projects In Food And Agriculture Win £17.8 Million

BBSRC mention: Pioneering Projects In Food And Agriculture Win £17.8 Million | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Pioneering projects to improve agriculture and food production at home and overseas, have been funded to the tune of £17.8 million, under the latest round of the Government's Agri-Tech Catalyst.

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Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC chief executive, said:

"Investing in advances in agriculture is vital, not only for our future food supply but also to help build the UK bio-economy. These new research projects highlight how UK bioscience is at the forefront of innovative approaches for modern farming."

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JIC mention: Why artificial smells that fool our tastebuds are not to be sniffed at | The Times

JIC mention: Why artificial smells that fool our tastebuds are not to be sniffed at | The Times | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
One small pizzeria in Brittany has found that releasing an ambient fragrance of lemon and lavender made customers spend 20 per cent more
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JIC quote: A supercharged GM tomato a day could keep the doctor at bay

JIC quote: A supercharged GM tomato a day could keep the doctor at bay | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
One GM tomato produces the same amount of genistein - which may help prevent breast cancer - as 2.5 kilograms of tofu
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Professor Cathie Martin, from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, said: "Our work will be of interest to different research areas including fundamental research on plants, plant/microbe engineering, medicinal plant natural products, as well as diet and health research."

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BBSRC funded: Mothers pass on pregnancy stress

BBSRC funded: Mothers pass on pregnancy stress | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The results, published in the journal BMC Medicine, found the daughters of stressed rats had shorter pregnancies than the daughters of those who had not been.
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TGAC mention: 'I'm DNA man!': how Thought for Food are inspiring young people (Wired UK)

TGAC mention: 'I'm DNA man!': how Thought for Food are inspiring young people (Wired UK) | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
'I'm DNA man!': how Thought for Food are inspiring young people
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Rothamsted mention: 10 bread myths busted - Independent.ie

Rothamsted mention: 10 bread myths busted - Independent.ie | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It may have fallen out of favour recently, but as well as being absolutely delicious, bread can be part of a healthy lifestyle and is long overdue a revival.
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"A team from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Rothamsted Research UK, conducted an extensive review; importantly, the researchers argued that the cause of obesity cannot be specific to one type of food, while ignoring overconsumption and inactive lifestyles."

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BBSRC mention: How wool got cool

BBSRC mention: How wool got cool | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
From faux taxidermy to yarn bombing, a new generation has turned knitting into a radical art form
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"The Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) even ran a Great British Bioscience Knitting competition last year."

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BBSRC funded, Roslin mention: Cause of animals’ internal body clocks discovered

BBSRC funded, Roslin mention: Cause of animals’ internal body clocks discovered | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Manchester and Edinburgh, have identified a specific group of cells in the pituitary gland as being accountable for the changes that many animals go through depending on the time of year.

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Rothamsted mention: Harpenden researchers warn about toxic metals found in household goods

Rothamsted mention: Harpenden researchers warn about toxic metals found in household goods | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Tiny metal particles increasingly used in sunscreens, cosmetics and clothes may be toxic to plants and soil microorganisms, researchers in Harpenden have warned.
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BBSRC mention: Rothamsted develops willow propagation method

BBSRC mention: Rothamsted develops willow propagation method | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Scientists at Rothamsted Research have found a "fast and easily achieved" method for multiplying a wide range of willows.

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BBSRC mention: Satellites used in ground-breaking project to study St Austell Bay

BBSRC mention: Satellites used in ground-breaking project to study St Austell Bay | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
ST AUSTELL Bay will be the focus of a ground-breaking study which could provide a huge boost to the UK shellfish industry. Using European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, the two-year ShellEye project...
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Tim Benton quote: Butterflies steal DNA of zombie wasps in natural genetic modification

Tim Benton quote: Butterflies steal DNA of zombie wasps in natural genetic modification | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientist have found DNA of wasps in butterflies showing that genes can pass between species
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Prof Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Leeds, said: “As the butterfly example shows, during evolutionary history, if a transferred gene conveys a beneficial effect to the animal or plant, it is often kept for good.

 

“It does indicate that “natural” GMOs occur, or, in other words, that organisms carrying genes from other species may not be so unnatural after all.”

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BBSRC mention: Eye test to spot future sports stars

BBSRC mention: Eye test to spot future sports stars | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists are looking for a link between visual processing and sporting performance, and their battery of tests could help with talent spotting.
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A team at the University of Bradford, led by Dr Brendan Barrett, secured a £500,000 grant from the BBSRC to see if there is any scientific link between vision and coincidence timing.

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BBSRC mention: Top dogs at risk of middle-aged spread, say Edinburgh University scientists

BBSRC mention: Top dogs at risk of middle-aged spread, say Edinburgh University scientists | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The UK's most popular dog breed can suffer from weight gain in middle age just like people, a canine health survey by Edinburgh scientists finds.
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The study, published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, was funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, The Roslin Foundation and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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JIC quote, BBSRC funded: Boffins invent new 'super tomato' to help fight killer diseases including cancer

JIC quote, BBSRC funded: Boffins invent new 'super tomato' to help fight killer diseases including cancer | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
GM version of the staple vegetable that's rich in disease-fighting anti-oxidants could soon be on the menu.
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Professor Cathie Martin, from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, said: “Our study provides a general tool for producing valuable phenylpropanoid compounds on an industrial scale in plants and potentially production of other products derived from aromatic amino acids.

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IFR quote: Experts attack claims that bacon is 'as big a cancer threat as smoking'

IFR quote: Experts attack claims that bacon is 'as big a cancer threat as smoking' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Following reports that the WHO is expected to publish a report listing processed meat as a cancer-causing substance, experts have criticised suggestions that bacon and sausgages could be as dangerous as smoking
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Dr Ian Johnson, Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Food Research, said: “Although there is epidemiological evidence for a statistically significant association between processed meat consumption and bowel cancer, it is important to emphasise that the size of the effect is relatively small, and the mechanism is poorly defined.

 

"It is certainly very inappropriate to suggest that any adverse effect of bacon and sausages on the risk of bowel cancer is comparable to the dangers of tobacco smoke, which is loaded with known chemical carcinogens and increases the risk of lung cancer in cigarette smokers by around 20 fold"

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IFC mention: Old yeasts used by brewers to unearth the beers of yesteryear

IFC mention: Old yeasts used by brewers to unearth the beers of yesteryear | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

"We are the Kew Gardens of the yeast world," says Dr Ian Roberts, curator at the NCYC.

"Yeasts are literally everywhere and are very important not just in brewing and baking but in areas like cancer research because yeasts are a model organism for research."

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Roslin mention: GM pig organs could soon be transplanted into humans

Roslin mention: GM pig organs could soon be transplanted into humans | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A major hurdle in transplanting pig organs into humans has been overcome by Harvard University scientists
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Prof Bruce Whitelaw, Professor of Animal Biotechnology, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, added: “This study experimentally addresses a challenge for xenotransplantation and, if replicated in animals, could be another step towards this biomedical goal."

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BBSRC mention: Cambridge scientists getting to grips with what makes stick insects stick.

BBSRC mention: Cambridge scientists getting to grips with what makes stick insects stick. | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It's long been a matter of some conjecture - how the stick insect is able to stick.
Well, scientists in Cambridge may have discovered the reason.
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Roslin mention: Scientists are resorting to desperate measures to save the giant panda

Roslin mention: Scientists are resorting to desperate measures to save the giant panda | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The only two pandas in Britain could be cloned by scientists in a bid to save the rare bear species from extinction, according to experts at Edinburgh Zoo. Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the bears on loan to the zoo from China since 2011, have failed to mate in their time together and attempts at artificial insemination were confirmed as failed this summer.
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JIC mention: Sheer beauty of science showcased in competition at Norwich research park

JIC mention: Sheer beauty of science showcased in competition at Norwich research park | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
To the uninitiated, they may be hard to identify, but these stunning images certainly show the beauty of science.
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The winning image, entitled A New Planet, was taken by Thomas Louveau, a post-doctoral scientist in the department of metabolic biology at the John Innes Centre. The image was captured during the process of extracting complex chemicals – known as saponins – from plants.

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BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions: Octocopter! Experimental drone for agricultural research

BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions: Octocopter! Experimental drone for agricultural research | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Following the revelation that English Premiership football club Everton FC is using drones to monitor player training sessions, it seems there's nothing these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) aren't being primed to do: everything from delivering post (and pizza!) to security, defence and recording home movies and major sporting events.
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BBSRC funded: 'Calendar cells' control the seasonal body clocks of animals

BBSRC funded: 'Calendar cells' control the seasonal body clocks of animals | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
By studying the genes of sheep (stock image), experts from the University of Manchester found cells in a structure called the 'pars tuberalis' respond according to how much daylight there is.
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BBSRC funded: Scientists Have Isolated a Gene That Helps Plants Survive Drought Conditions

BBSRC funded: Scientists Have Isolated a Gene That Helps Plants Survive Drought Conditions | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Hardier plants may be a necessity in the years ahead.
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Rothamsted work featured: Insect migration. BBC Inside Science - BBC Radio 4

Rothamsted work featured: Insect migration. BBC Inside Science - BBC Radio 4 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It's the season when 30 million European songbirds fly south for the winter. Lower profile and harder to study are the billions of insects that take a similar journey. Dr Jason Chapman from Rothamsted Research tells Adam how to study animals that are too small to tag
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