Category Archives: plant breeding

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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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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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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Could cannabis-derived medicine help Type II diabetes sufferers?

By Rebecca Nesbit Scientists at the UK’s only legal cannabis production facility are researching ways to use highly standardised extracts from the plant to tackle metabolic syndrome, and are studying how such products could potentially treat conditions as diverse as … Continue reading

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