Category Archives: agriculture

UK set to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2015

Preparations are now well on their way for the third international Fascination of Plants Day. Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to encourage people around the world to celebrate … Continue reading

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Shedding light on photosynthesis research

By Angela White Photosynthesis is a major target area for crop improvement. In July 2014, I caught up with three plant scientists researching photosynthesis to discover their latest findings, which were presented at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual main … Continue reading

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Building public support for UK agri-science

On Tuesday 13th May the UKPSF Executive Officer, Dr Mimi Tanimoto, and I attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (APPGSTA) at the House of Commons. This was my first visit to the … Continue reading

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The search for sustainable fish oil

Strategies to protect the marine environment range from fishing quotas to using concrete blocks as artificial reefs. Now, a field in Hertfordshire is the surprising home of an experiment to improve the health of our seas. In 2013, for the first … Continue reading

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Scientists, unions and greens unite in concern over Kew Gardens cuts

By Alice Bell This article is reposted from theguardian.com, Friday 11th April 2014 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which has sites at Kew Gardens, London and Wakehurst Place, Sussex, has been struggling with cuts for years, but it has recently … Continue reading

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Plant scientists assemble to address future challenges at UK PlantSci 2014

By Anna Tiley One of the defining aspects of doing a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) PhD is the opportunity to do a 3 month placement to gain experience outside of the lab. I have recently started my placement … Continue reading

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UK risks losing out without improved investment in plant science

Today, the report UK Plant Science: Current status and future challenges is launched by the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special interest group of the Society of Biology. The report reveals that the UK’s position as a world leader … Continue reading

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Preventing plant disease

Michelle Hulin won the Best Biology Student category of the SET Awards 2013 for her final year project “Preventing Global Disease Spread of a Major Commodity Crop” whilst studying at the University of Bath.  Here she blogs about her project … Continue reading

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UKPSF reaction to the UK Agri-Tech Strategy

Today the Government announced its £160 million Agri-Tech strategy. The UK has some of the world’s leading agricultural scientists, and we are pleased that the Government has chosen to invest in their work. The challenges facing global agriculture are huge … Continue reading

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Video: new facilities for plant research in the UK

The new multi-million pound National Plant Phenomics Centre (NPPC) is a unique facility within the UK for agricultural and horticultural research. Thousands of plants’ physical characteristics are automatically measured on a cyber-industrial scale and recorded digitally. The subjects researchers will … Continue reading

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