Category Archives: climate change

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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Obscuring the limits: are Global Change studies aware of their limitations?

By Alan Jones As an idealistic PhD student, I was once told that ecologists are constrained by the limits of our techniques. Within the vagaries of nature, every experiment we undertake is essentially flawed and the best we can do … 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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Looking through a green marble

By Alan G. Jones The Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist, Paul J. Crutzen is considered to have coined the term ‘Anthropocene’, using it in reference to the indelible mark that human activity has now left on our planet’s natural systems and … 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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