2013 Archive

18 December 2013

New funding puts Norwich at the heart of green technologies

With over £5.5 million of funding over five years, researchers at the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre will help make the UK a world leader in industrial biotechnology.

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13 December 2013

New method for quantifying stability of emulsions

A recent paper on using atomic force microscopy to study and measure properties of oil droplets, such as those in food emulsions, was featured on the back cover of the journal Soft Matter.

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6 December 2013

Should we still take vitamin D supplements?

A new systematic review of evidence, published in "The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology", suggests that low levels of vitamin D levels are a consequence of ill health, rather than a cause of it, casting strong doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements.

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27 November 2013

Livestock-associated MRSA found in poultry

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has identified the presence of Livestock-Associated Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) on a poultry farm.

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27 November 2013

More than bread and beer: the National Collection of Yeast Cultures

A new video looks at the National Collection of Yeast Cultures, a BBSRC-funded National Capability at the Institute of Food Research.

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26 November 2013

Researchers have a nose for how probiotics could affect hay fever

A study has shown that a daily probiotic drink changed how cells lining the nasal passages of hay fever sufferers reacted to a single out-of-season challenge. However, it did not lead to significant changes in hay fever symptoms, although this challenge test may not have accurately represented natural allergen exposure.

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23 November 2013

Caution needed in feeding food waste to pigs

The IFR generally supports efforts to reduce or reuse food waste, as a way of reducing the overall environmental impact of the food chain. However, this needs to be done in a responsible manner. It is essential that any food waste used to feed pigs is not exposed to contamination from meat or other animal-derived foods, to prevent contamination

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19 November 2013

IFR in Northern Ireland

IFR’s International Office team recently took up an invitation to visit the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at its headquarters in Belfast.

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18 November 2013

Poultry probiotic’s coat clues to ability to battle bugs

IFR researchers have characterised the coat of a potential poultry probiotic, giving the first clues of how it may be used to exclude pathogenic bacteria from chickens.

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15 November 2013

Should the UK consume horse meat to help improve horse welfare?

A response to Princess Anne’s comments that the UK should consider consuming horse meat, as a means to improving horse welfare

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