2013 Archive

22 July 2013

Impact of UK Agri-Tech Strategy Announcement

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) welcomes the UK Agri-Tech strategy, launched in July by the Government. The £160m new investment represents a positive step to making the UK a world-leader in emphasising the pivotal role of science and technology to deliver sufficient nutritious food for all in the future.

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19 July 2013

Process turning waste to biofuels works on paper

Researchers from the Institute of Food Research have successfully produced bioethanol from waste paper, as part of efforts to turn waste into valuable products.

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19 July 2013

IFR's Postgraduate students collect their doctorate degrees

The latest group of IFR PhD students are receiving their degrees at the University of East Anglia's Congregation Ceremony 2013. In a series of articles we look at some of these student's research and impacts.

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19 July 2013

How marine bacteria acquire metals

In his PhD project, Rob Green has investigated the iron and manganese acquisition and control systems of Roseobacter bacteria, which are a model for the bacteria found in marine environments. This work, a collaborative project of the School of Biological Sciences of the University of East Anglia and the Institute of Food Research, has highlighted unique adaptations of marine bacteria to the conditions in their natural habitat, both for the metals iron and for manganese.

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18 July 2013

Bacteriophages battle superbugs

IFR microbiologists are reinvigorating a way of battling C. difficile infections that they hope will help overcome the growing problem of antibiotic resistant superbugs in hospitals.

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18 July 2013

IFR PhD student rewarded for helping children get the bug for microbiology

IFR PhD student Helen Brown is to receive the Newcomer Award for Engagement from UEA’s Engagement Executive for taking microbiology into the classrooms of Norfolk. These awards are presented at UEA’s Congregation service and recognise efforts in public and community engagement.

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17 July 2013

New study to investigate how we live in harmony with gut bacteria

A new project at the Institute of Food Research will look at the mechanisms our bodies use to live in harmony with the trillions of bacteria in our digestive system.

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11 July 2013

The Institute of Food Research welcomes UK funding to build world-first synthetic yeast

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts has announced nearly £1M funding for the UK arm of an international consortium attempting to build a synthetic version of the yeast genome by 2017.

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3 July 2013

Phytochemical Society of Europe prize for IFR scientist

The Phytochemical Society of Europe presented IFR PhD student Ala'a Al-Bakheit with the prize for best presentation at their recent conference 'Natural Products in Cancer Therapy.'

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30 June 2013

Impact of the Institute of Food Research

A new independent report on the impact of the Institute of Food Research has shown that every £1 invested in IFR delivers £8 in benefits to the UK economy.

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