Tag Archives: food security

Co-founder of anti-GM movement Mark Lynas calls for evidence to replace instinct in GM debate

Author, environmentalist and “stately scientific rationalist” Mark Lynas makes the case for GM technology to help deliver more, safe food with less impact on the planet’s resources. He gave the 4th Chris Lamb lecture at the John Innes Centre, set up in memory of the former JIC director who died in 2009. This was also the [...]

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Flowers in February

  This winter has been so mild we wouldn’t be surprised if plants were blooming in February! But what happens in a normal season? Just how do plants control when and how they flower? Find out how research at the John Innes Centre on flowering in weeds contributes to food security. Talks included a look [...]

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Flowers in February

This winter has been so mild we wouldn’t be surprised if plants were blooming in February! But what happens in a normal season? Just how do plants control when and how they flower? Find out in an evening devoted to one of nature’s most magnificent events – flowering – and how research at the John [...]

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Feeling the heat

Feeling the heat

Some summers can be too hot to handle. In 2003, 35,000 people died in Europe as a result of a record heat wave. Too much sun, too much heat and not enough water makes us sick. The same goes for plants. Including ones that feed us and our livestock. Leaves grow more slowly, less water [...]

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Crop Protection Association visit

Crop Protection Association visit

The John Innes Centre recently welcomed Dominic Dyer, the Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association to the site, which was a chance to present an update on the JIC’s latest research to the representative body of the crop protection industry. As well as hearing about JIC’s fundamental research on pests and diseases, and efforts [...]

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New projects to develop improved crops for food security

New projects to develop improved crops for food security

The John Innes Centre will receive approximately £1million of funding for two new research projects that will help reduce yield losses in oilseed rape, and improve the efficiency of the conversion of barley grain to beer and whisky. On the morning of the first day of Cereals 2011, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council [...]

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Research network to tackle plant nutrition

Stan Kopriva

Dr Stanislav Kopriva of the John Innes Centre is to lead a network of European researchers who will work out what controls plant nutrition, a topic of growing importance for ensuring food security.  Central to this €2.5 million 4 year project will be the training of the next generation of research leaders in this field. [...]

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Crop science projects drive benefits for farming, food security and UK economy

Crop science projects drive benefits for farming, food security and UK economy

Crop science projects funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have fulfilled their potential to underpin progress in plant breeding and agriculture that are needed to ensure the security of our future food supply and the sustainability of farming. Later today (18 November), researchers funded by the £13.3M BBSRC Crop Science Initiative [...]

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