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New research projects announced to help save UK forests, woods and trees

New research projects announced to help save UK forests, woods and trees

Seven new research projects will improve understanding of tree pests and pathogens, and associated plant biosecurity £7M awarded to develop research capacity and capability   Seven new research projects have received a share of £7M to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees. The multi-disciplinary Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) will [...]

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€85 million for new way to carry out antibiotic drug discovery

Over 30 European universities, research institutes, and companies, led by GlaxoSmithKline and Uppsala University, are joining forces in a 6 year programme supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to develop novel antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens. The project, called ENABLE (European Gram-Negative Antibacterial Engine), includes open calls for candidates outside the consortium. The antibiotic crisis [...]

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Cambridge and Norwich win major boost for synthetic biology

Cambridge and Norwich win major boost for synthetic biology

Plant scientists at Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant. Inspired by the way open source data has stimulated innovation in computing, OpenPlant will create a climate of openness in synthetic biology, helping young researchers and entrepreneurs develop and share new tools and libraries [...]

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PhD students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust

PhD students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust

Four PhD students appointed in India, Kenya and Ethiopia, will contribute to £1.4 million research to combat wheat stripe rust. A year of their projects will take place in Norwich or Cambridge, as part of a major international effort to improve crop production in developing countries. Stripe rust poses a serious threat to wheat production. [...]

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New funding puts Norwich at the heart of green technologies

New funding puts Norwich at the heart of green technologies

With over £5.5 million of funding over five years, researchers at the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research will help make the UK a world leader in industrial biotechnology. Industrial biotechnology offers a more sustainable and ‘green’ future, more efficient manufacturing and a shift away from fossil fuels and petrochemicals towards renewable [...]

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UK & USA scientists collaborate to design crops of the future

UK & USA scientists collaborate to design crops of the future

  Three projects to transform future farming while reducing pollution and energy inputs: Engineering synthetic relationships between plants and bacteria The quest to solve the mystery of the lost bacteria Developing a synthetic nitrogen-fixing factory within plant’s cells Three teams of UK and USA researchers will begin a programme of novel research to revolutionise current [...]

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UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy – what it means in the East

The institutes on the Norwich Research Park welcome new strategy and investment from government to help take research findings all the way from the laboratory to market. A total of £160 million will be invested to help realise the potential of UK agricultural innovation to reduce the environmental costs of farming at the same time [...]

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Beer brewed from Victorian barley variety

Chevallier grains

For the first time in nearly a century drinkers will be able to taste beer made from Chevallier, the classic heritage barley from the Victorian period. Old varieties are a rich source of new genes, and scientists at the John Innes Centre revived Chevallier from the institute’s Genetic Resources Unit as part of a barley [...]

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