Apart from an isolated record in Dorset 60 years ago and another in Cambridgeshire, a mosquito responsible for transmitting the West Nile Virus (WNV) from birds to humans in continental Europe was almost unknown in the UK until found in 2010 in north Kent marshes in three nature reserves.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing huge amounts of aid relief to refugees and displaced people in and around the war torn country. In July, WFP provided assistance to around 3.7 million people in Syria, in 13 of Syria's 14 Governorates.
Rory Hillocks of NRI recently contributed to two chapters in the series of books 'Integrated Pest Management' co-edited by R. Pershin and D. Pimental. His chapters, written together with Derek Russell and Bill Clark respectively, present case studies highlighting successes and challenges with IPM implementation across the globe.
Three senior academics have been promoted to the position of Professor at the Natural Resources Institute. The appointments are a key part of the University of Greenwich's ambitions to further raise academic standards and become one of the top 50 universities in the UK, in line with its Strategic Plan.
NRI's new 'Postharvest Loss Reduction Centre' is helping to sustain the world's food supply, reduce our carbon footprint and make our world a greener place. It is doing this by promoting action to reduce losses and waste within food supply chains, both locally and internationally, to increase food availability and give consumers access to safer and better quality food. The main point of contact with the Centre is through a dedicated website (www.postharvest.nri.org) that gives access to information about NRI's postharvest teams.
A new study published today by Chatham House, a world-leading UK based think tank, 'On Trial: Agricultural biotechnology in Africa' co-authored by David Grzywacz of NRI, looks at the issues that have prevented modern agricultural biotechnology from achieving its full impact in Africa in transforming people's lives.