Category Archives: biotechnology

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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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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A sneak preview of UK PlantSci 2013

By Mimi Tanimoto While we tie up the final plans for this year’s UK PlantSci meeting, I thought I would share a sneak preview of what’s in store for the second annual  conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, taking … Continue reading

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Your plant science questions answered

By Rebecca Nesbit So many issues in plant science (and indeed in science in general) don’t have the simple answers we expect. Organic farming can cause environmental damage, GM crops have potential to increase food security, and some biofuels can … Continue reading

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UK plant sciences answer real world challenges

By Charis Cook During the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) AGM this month, vice-chair Sarah Perfect (Syngenta) chaired five short presentations on ‘good news’ stories from the UK plant science community. Penny Maplestone, representing the British Society of Plant Breeders, … Continue reading

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The 2nd Annual General Meeting of the UK Plant Sciences Federation

By Charis Cook The UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) is the group that brings together everyone  in the UK doing, or associated with, plant sciences. Member organisations include representatives from across the plant sciences – from molecular biologists to ecologists, … Continue reading

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Scientists question validity of French GM food study

By Mimi Tanimoto This week saw another controversy in the media over the safety of genetically modified (GM) food. A group of researchers led by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen in France published a paper in Food and … Continue reading

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New visions for GM crops – but are old views deep-rooted?

By Mimi Tanimoto After something of a hiatus in the media, genetically modified (GM) crops are hitting the headlines once again. Earlier this summer a team of scientists at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire began field trials on GM wheat plants … Continue reading

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Breeding change in UK crop improvement

By Mimi Tanimoto For me, June’s highlights were two plant breeding events that I had the chance to attend, where I met members of the UK’s crop breeding community and learned more about this multimillion-pound industry. The first of these … Continue reading

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New technologies in bioethanol production

by Rebecca Nesbit In the race to achieve fuel security and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, the US has rapidly increased the volume of bioethanol it produces, from 6.2 billion litres/year in 2000 to 50 billion in 2010. … Continue reading

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