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NRI food safety and quality management masters students pass key examinations

photo 5Students studying the MSc Food Safety and Quality Management (FSQM) programme at NRI must understand the principles and practical application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), a food safety management system used globally by governments and the food chain.

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Mosquitoes’ song in art installation

culex pipiens male750A sonic installation that relies on the way male and female mosquitoes recognise members of their own species by 'singing' in tune with them, will be displayed at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow from 31 October to 3 November 2013.

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Monitoring birds, bats and insects on a continental scale

Birds  fireworks figureInsect migration specialist Don Reynolds of NRI attended the first Management Committee meeting of a new European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action, namely 'European Network for the Radar surveillance of Animal Movement (ENRAM)' in Brussels this month.

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Trade Facilitation Research in Africa Calls for Expression of Interest – National Consultants

idb-461The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is implementing a programme in partnership with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA).

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Do private nature reserves and ecotourism support biodiversity conservation in Guatemala?

volcanoThe project 'Agroforests: A critical resource to support the Megadiversity in Guatemala' has been exploring the role of two linked national initiatives to recognise and support farms that conserve biodiversity.

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New video produced to describe the C:AVA project

The Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now in its fifth year. NRI has produced a short video to help viewers understand how the project’s value chain development model works.

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Curing cassava of deadly virus infections

tissueculture-0216LTScientists from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich have developed a procedure for eliminating virus infections from cassava.

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Life and work after NRI for MSc graduate Virginia Echavarria

VirginiaEVirginia Echavarria, from Buenos Aires Argentina, studied the MSc Natural Resources, Sustainable Environmental Management course at the Natural Resources Institute in 2009. She is now project manager for the Ugandan Carbon Bureau in Kampala for a project dealing with improved cooking stoves. Here she tells her story in her own words.

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The impact of rats on society – Public lecture at Medway

rat catching 1NRI's Dr Steve Belmain will be presenting a lecture at the Autumn public lecture series of the University of Greenwich's Faculty of Engineering and Science. The events are free to attend and open to all, and will take place at the Medway Campus from October 2013.

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Donkeys donated to support local harvesters to market in Namibia

IMG 3413Nine donkey carts, complete with donkeys, have been donated to five Devil's Claw harvester groups in remote communities of the Kavango Region, Namibia. The carts will assist the harvesters to transport the dried devil's claw to the nearest central buying point. Devil's claw is a medicinal plant whose extract is a known cure for rheumatism and arthritis. It is mainly harvested from the wild in Namibia and is commonly found in pharmacies around the world.

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