2014 Archive

28 May 2014

Inspiration for a life in science

Dr Charlotte Armah has taken part in a project recording the life stories of British researchers with minority ethnic heritage, which have been released as a series of video interviews by the Royal Society and the British library today.

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27 May 2014

What happens when we eat - IFR explains at the Big Bang Fair

IFR’s stand at this year’s Big Bang Science Fair was themed around the ‘Incredible Journey’ food takes through your body. In this video, produced by IET.TV and the IET, IFR’s Joanne Doleman explains what happens when we eat.

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23 May 2014

Planned New Food & Health Research Centre at the Norwich Research Park

A world-leading new centre for food and health research is planned for the Norwich Research Park.

The ambition of the Centre is to deliver a step change for Food and Health research and the translation of science into innovative healthy food products and therapies to benefit society and the UK economy.

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22 May 2014

Green and yellow – straw from oilseed as a new source of biofuels

Researchers at IFR are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved.

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5 May 2014

What fuels Salmonella’s invasion strategy?

Certain strains of Salmonella bacteria such as Salmonella Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) are among of the most common causes of food-borne gastroenteritis. Other strains of Salmonella such as S. Typhi are responsible for typhoid fever, which causes 200,000 deaths around the world each year. Ensuring food is clear of contamination, and water is clean are key to reducing the effects Salmonella can have, but we also need more effective ways to combat Salmonella once it’s inside our bodies.

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1 May 2014

Vital role for farming in battling obesity

Obesity related illness costs the NHS almost £20billion each year, and that figure is rising. Healthier diets could significantly reduce that, but so far the population as a whole hasn’t embraced these. For example, there has only been a slight increase in the number of people eating the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

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1 May 2014

Conference: Total Food 2014

The Institute of Food Research is hosting an international conference exploring the latest breakthroughs in research into better ways of exploiting waste and co-products from agriculture and food production. Total Food 2014, 11th-13th November, is the fourth in a series of conferences focused on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste.

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25 April 2014

Institute of Food Research student presenting to Parliament

Ian Wood is attending Parliament to present his science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain. Ian’s poster on research about using oilseed rape straw for bioethanol production will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

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25 April 2014

New Biorefinery textbook published

A newly-published textbook, edited by IFR research leader Keith Waldron and involving over sixty respected international experts, provides a wide ranging and systematic look at the latest developments in biorefining, and how they are helping to produce more sustainable fuels and chemicals.

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1 April 2014

New yeast species travelled the globe with a little help from the beetles

Researchers from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) have identified a new globe-trotting yeast species that lives on tree-associated beetles. This new species demonstrates the importance of preserving biodiversity, as yeasts like this may help efforts to develop renewable fuel sources in the future.

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