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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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Rothamsted mention: Time to end stagnant wheat yields

Rothamsted mention: Time to end stagnant wheat yields | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A focus on cutting costs and some crops being starved of nitrogen are two factors being implicated in the stagnation of average on-farm wheat yields since the mid-1990s, according to experts.

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Reliably Higher Levels Of Healthy Compound In 'Beneforté' Broccoli - PerishableNews

Reliably Higher Levels Of Healthy Compound In 'Beneforté' Broccoli - PerishableNews | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Field trials and genetic studies have shown that a new variety of broccoli reliably yields higher levels of a health-promoting compound.

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Tesco joins Morrison’s and Asda in allowing the use of GM soya in poultry feed - Farming UK news

Tesco joins Morrison’s and Asda in allowing the use of GM soya in poultry feed - Farming UK news | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Tesco joins Morrison’s and Asda in allowing the use of GM soya in poultry feed
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Biochemists turn flesh-eating bacteria into protein 'superglue'

Biochemists turn flesh-eating bacteria into protein 'superglue' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Biochemists at Oxford have adapted a protein from a species of flesh-eating bacteria into a kind of "superglue" that may improve cancer detection
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'Fingerprints on food' breakthrough

'Fingerprints on food' breakthrough | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Forensic scientists have successfully recovered fingerprints from food in a breakthrough which could lead to even more evidence being gathered in future police investigations.
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Video: Transparent brains reveal their secrets

A team at Stanford University has made brains transparent, allowing entire networks of neurons to be highlighted and then viewed through a microscope
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Egg white may help lower blood pressure

Egg white may help lower blood pressure | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Eating egg whites could help to reduce blood pressure by as much as some common medications, according to researchers.
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Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by 2030

Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by 2030 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Australian researchers claim to have demonstrated that a tax on carbon emissions could, if structured properly, result in an energy market made up entirely of renewable energy by 2030
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Rothamsted mention: Could wheat be made more like maize?

Rothamsted mention: Could wheat be made more like maize? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Wheat yields could potentially double as scientists seek to make the crop's efficiency of photosynthesis similar to that of maize plants.
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Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity

Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The rise in the number of overweight children in Britain may be as much to do with their genes as their diet and exercise levels, according to a study that has identified a handful of genetic mutations linked with childhood obesity.
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Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife

Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Research into creation of a new generation of synthetic organisms could be the way to save some of the natural world's most endangered species, according to conservationists
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UK: wheat harvest is set to be a third lower than normal due to bad weather

UK: wheat harvest is set to be a third lower than normal due to bad weather | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

The UK wheat harvest is set to be a third lower than normal after a wet winter and freezing start to the year, putting further financial pressure on farmers and potentially driving up food prices.


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Higher wheat prices coming?

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Guardian: "Bee-harming pesticides should be banned, MPs urge"

Guardian: "Bee-harming pesticides should be banned, MPs urge" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Committee criticises environment department for relying on 'flawed' studies and failing to uphold precautionary principle
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BBSRC mention: Scientists have developed a new type of nanoparticle

BBSRC mention: Scientists have developed a new type of nanoparticle | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new type of nanoparticle with potential applications in chemistry, biology and medicine.

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Researchers use atomic force microscopy technique to read information encoded in gut lining

A new technique based on atomic force microscopy was developed at the Institute of Food Research to help 'read' information encoded in the gut lining.

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BBSRC mention and funding

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Waitrose bans use of neonicotinoids

WAITROSE is banning its suppliers from using neonicotinoids on produce destined for the supermarket.
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The end of polio by 2018 – unless the funding dries up

The end of polio by 2018 – unless the funding dries up | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
More than 400 eminent scientists from 80 countries around the world have announced their backing for an ambitious global plan to eradicate polio, a disease that once paralysed and killed millions.
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US supreme court to decide if companies can patent human genes

US supreme court to decide if companies can patent human genes | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Utah biotech firm to argue its patents on breast and ovarian cancer genes are necessary to fund further research
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IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies aged 87

IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies aged 87 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Edwards co-developed technique that has helped bring more than 4 million children into the world
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BBSRC/IFR mentions: Poultry probiotic cuts its coat to beat bad bacteria

BBSRC/IFR mentions: Poultry probiotic cuts its coat to beat bad bacteria | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

A strain of probiotic bacteria that can fight harmful bacterial infections in poultry has the ability to change its coat, according to new findings from the Institute of Food Research.

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Tim Benton quote: Eco-change triggers rapid evolution

Tim Benton quote: Eco-change triggers rapid evolution | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Changes to their surroundings can trigger "rapid evolution" in species as they adopt traits to help them survive in the new conditions, a study shows.
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BBSRC mention: Breeding Better Chickens Website Launched

UK - A BBSRC-funded research group working to improve the health of the world's huge population of broiler chickens has created a new website to share their work.
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Air pollution 'affects coral growth'

Air pollution 'affects coral growth' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers find evidence that aerosols from burning fossil fuels are affecting the growth of corals in the Caribbean.
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Trees at jubilee wood under threat

Trees at jubilee wood under threat | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
More than 20,000 ash trees may have to be destroyed at Northern Ireland's only Diamond Jubilee wood.
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Telegraph: "Ban pesticides to save bees, MPs urge"

Telegraph: "Ban pesticides to save bees, MPs urge" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Pesticides linked to declines in bee numbers must be banned from use, according to a new report by MPs.
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