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BBSRC mention: Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields

BBSRC mention:  Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

ANCIENT North African and eastern Mediterranean wheat types could be sources of yield improvements in UK winter wheat crops going forward, visitors to Cereals heard.


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Tim Benton Telegraph blog on Global Food Security: We need to change the way we feed ourselves before the world starves

Tim Benton Telegraph blog on Global Food Security: We need to change the way we feed ourselves before the world starves | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
With the deadline for the Longitude Prize 2014’s public vote rapidly approaching, we take a closer look at the issues it is asking you to vote on in our six-day series. Today, Tim Benton says the most urgent challenge is to provide a growing global population with a nutritious, sustainable supply of food
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Moving beyond the GM Debate

"Once again, there are calls to reopen the debate on genetically modified (GM) crops. I find these calls frustrating and unnecessarily decisive. In my opinion the GM debate, on both sides, continues to hamper the urgent need to address the diverse and pressing challenges of global food security and environmental sustainability. The destructive power of the debate comes from its conflation of unrelated issues, coupled with deeply rooted misconceptions of the nature of agriculture."

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By Ottoline Leyser: Off interest to BBSRC 

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BBSRC video: Egg camouflage research animation

BBSRC video: Egg camouflage research animation | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Did you ever look at the marks and speckles on an egg and wonder what they are for? Pretty as they can be, they are not merely ornamental but have evolved to hide the egg from hungry predators.
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BBSRC mention: Human brain study, Simeon Courtie - BBC Wiltshire

BBSRC mention: Human brain study, Simeon Courtie - BBC Wiltshire | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Graham Rogers sits in & hears the BBSRC fund an advanced study on the human brain.
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Interview with Prof Mike Coleman on his BBSRC-funded project to create a cellular model of the human brain. 

 

Interview from 14m07s to 26m35s

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BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Midlothian research shows how goats became sheep

BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Midlothian research shows how goats became sheep | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Midlothian-based scientists have helped cracked the genetic code of sheep to reveal how they became a distinct species from goats around four million years ago.
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Pirbright mention/quote: GM mosquito designed to kill off females may limit spread of malaria (£)

A genetically modified mosquito has been developed that could wipe out the main species that carries malaria
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Pirbright mention/quote: GM mosquitoes a ‘quantum leap’ towards tackling malaria

Pirbright mention/quote: GM mosquitoes a ‘quantum leap’ towards tackling malaria | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
New technique injects mosquitoes with a gene that results in mostly male offspring, eventually leading to a population crash
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BBSRC/Roslin mentions: Gene study shows how sheep first separated from goats

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of sheep to reveal how they became a distinct species from goats around four million years ago.
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Bangladeshi farmers caught in row over $600,000 GM aubergine trial

Bangladeshi farmers caught in row over $600,000 GM aubergine trial | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Activists criticise pioneering pilot scheme to grow genetically-modified aubergines backed by USAid finance
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For info: not BBSRC funded

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BBSRC mention: This Officially Confirms Why You'd Be Mad To Skip Breakfast

BBSRC mention: This Officially Confirms Why You'd Be Mad To Skip Breakfast | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It turns out breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
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Babraham mention: Mothers should suck their babies' dummies, scientists say

Babraham mention: Mothers should suck their babies' dummies, scientists say | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Being too clean has killed beneficial bacteria and mothers should suck their babies' dummies to wash them and keep their children healthy, research suggests
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BBSRC funded: Being bilingual 'slows brain ageing'

Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

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Eat up your GM crops. They’re good for you | The Times

Eat up your GM crops. They’re good for you | The Times | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are cheaper to grow, need fewer pesticides and can be enriched with anti-cancer agents
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GM technology must be allowed to take root

GM technology must be allowed to take root | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientific breakthroughs that promise the alleviation of some of humanity’s most pernicious ills are coming increasingly thick and fast as the white heat of biotechnology is applied to the curses of malnutrition and disease in the developing world.
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Indy opinion: Off interest to BBSRC 

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JIC mention: 2014: GM crops 'needed now' to maintain crop yields

JIC mention: 2014: GM crops 'needed now' to maintain crop yields | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified wheat crops are needed now to help in the fight against yield threatening blackgrass and septoria in the face of sliding herbicide and fungicide efficacy.
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BBSRC mention: Pill used to treat leukaemia may be now be used to beat other cancers

BBSRC mention: Pill used to treat leukaemia may be now be used to beat other cancers | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
British-led study provides the first evidence that drugs can significantly restrict tumour growth and reduce the chances of relapse across a broad range of cancers
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BBSRC/Rotahmsted mentions: Genes could be key to beating take-all disease in wheat

BBSRC/Rotahmsted mentions: Genes could be key to beating take-all disease in wheat | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Winter wheat varieties with good take-all resistance could change the way we manage arable rotations and improve profitability.
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BBSRC mention/quote: BBSRC boss makes case for food science

BBSRC mention/quote: BBSRC boss makes case for food science | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Food science offers solutions to many of the biggest challenges facing the world today, claimed the director of innovation and skills at the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) speaking at last month’s Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) Jubilee conference.
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Pirbright mention/quote: GM mosquitoes may aid malaria fight

Scientists have created mosquitoes that produce 95% male offspring, with the aim of helping control malaria.

 

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Buzz surrounds citizen bee survey

Organisers of the UK's first nation-wide bee count hope a new smartphone app will create a buzz among the nation's citizen scientists.

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BBSRC mention: Black Grass on Farming Today - BBC Radio 4

BBSRC mention: Black Grass on Farming Today - BBC Radio 4 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

mAs black-grass continues to cause problems for cereal growers this year, more than 250 farmers meet at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany's site in Cambridgeshire, to find out how they can manage the weed better.

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Discussion of a BBSRC-funded project to tackle blackgrass. 

 

Segment from 5m27s to 935 

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JIC/TGAC mentions: Ash dieback is now 'unstoppable', ecologists warn - Telegraph

JIC/TGAC mentions: Ash dieback is now 'unstoppable', ecologists warn - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Experts say Britain’s ash trees are ‘doomed' and their demise threatens hundreds of insects, mosses, lichens and birds
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Rothamsted Research featured: BBC iPlayer - Horizon - The £10 Million Challenge

Rothamsted Research featured: BBC iPlayer - Horizon - The £10 Million Challenge | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Horizon launches the £10 million Longitude Prize 2014.
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Rothamsted Research featured in segment on food security. 

GM Camelina plants discussed from 26m60s to 29m15s

Episode available on iPlayer until May 29

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BBSRC mention: Bath research suggests breakfast may not be most important meal of the day

BBSRC mention: Bath research suggests breakfast may not be most important meal of the day | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and key to keeping down weight - has been challenged by new research in Bath.
Researchers at the University of Bath have conducted the...
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