A new website – www.foodsecurity.ac.uk – was launched last night (10 December) to explore the issues around the looming challenge of feeding a global population predicted to reach 9Bn by 2050, and the world-class UK research already underway to help avert a potential crisis.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has today (26 November) launched a consultation on the details of a proposed investment of over £1M in a new farm-scale research facility at North Wyke Research in Devon.
Scientists from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK and the University of Freiburg in Germany have uncovered a gene in plants that is responsible for controlling the size of seeds, which could lead to ways of improving crops to help ensure food security in the future.
A global collaboration, supported in the UK in part by BBSRC, has produced a first draft of the genome of a domesticated pig, an achievement that will lead to insights in agriculture, medicine, conservation and evolution.
A team of plant scientists, funded largely by BBSRC, at Lancaster University has won the coveted Research Project of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2009 for their research to enable plants to cope better in dry soils.
BBSRC has welcomed the publication today of the Royal Society report ‘Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture’.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded research, published this week in Chemical Communication, describes how scientists have discovered molecules that could confuse insects’ ability to detect plants by interfering with their sense of smell. This could reduce damage to crops by insect pests and contribute to food security.
Over 160 years since potato blight wreaked havoc in Ireland and other northern European countries, scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) finally have the blight-causing pathogen in their sights and are working to accelerate breeding of more durable, disease resistant potato varieties.
BBSRC, the UK’s largest funder of agriculture and food related research, will have a significant presence at the Royal Show 2009 for the iconic agricultural show’s last ever event this week, 7-10 July. BBSRC will be highlighting current activities to avoid a food security crisis, and to boost the green economy through sustainable bioenergy, while the Institute for Animal Health will be running daily sessions on the threat posed by Bluetongue.
A consortium of scientists have presented a new way of modelling ecosystems that can predict the impact on farmland ecology of climate change, other environmental changes and novel farming practices. The research is published in Ecological Modelling.
The UK’s biggest funder of agri-food research, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has launched a consultation on future research to tackle the growing but preventable food security crisis.
In an interview this morning with the BBC, Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, called for better coordination and more funding for agri-food research in order to avoid a looming food security crisis.
Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have gained a key insight into a disease that is devastating the UK’s fish farming industry. The researchers have discovered that fish can harbour and spread proliferative kidney disease (PKD), a cause of major stock losses on fish farms, as well as being affected by the infection.
Scientists are tomorrow (24 April 2009) publishing the complete cattle genome in the journal Science. UK researchers, supported in part by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), have played a key part in the annotation and analysis of the genome as part of a 300-scientist collaboration, spanning 25 countries.
With rapid global population growth, a changing climate and disruption to global trading patterns threatening our food supplies, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is funding research to help provide us with enough food for the future.
A meeting today in Central London is bringing together leading scientists, policymakers and funders with farmers, food manufactures and retailers to identify the challenges to delivering sustainable food security and the science we need to overcome them.
An extensive genetic analysis of the wheat genome will be carried out by researchers at Bristol University, the University of Liverpool and the John Innes Centre, thanks to a £1.7M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).