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Call for urgent scale-up of efforts to reduce food waste

good bad grain 2In the Parliamentary Report entitled, 'Missing Food', published today, Parliamentarians of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development are calling on all governments and donors to urgently scale up and better coordinate efforts to reduce postharvest losses and food waste.

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Growing use of Information and Communication Technology in development

DSC00484ccrDr Bruno Tran, Grain Postharvest Scientist at NRI, recently contributed to the first in a series of seminars organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Agriculture and Food for Development (APPG Ag4Dev).

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Surprising discovery highlights pollen’s role in reducing bumblebee colony fitness

Terrestris cropThe negative effects of pesticides on bees and other pollinators have been in the news a lot recently, but new research from NRI shows that the picture is not so simple and that pressures on pollinators can come from a variety of sources.

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NRI’s rodent expert, Professor Steven Belmain, appears on ITV’s Tonight news programme

norway eatingNew evidence has been uncovered that a new generation of 'super-rats' are emerging in Britain, which have almost 100% resistance, in some towns, to the commonly available rat poisons that can be bought over the counter. Professor Steven Belmain, an international rodent expert at NRI, comments on the findings.

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NRI employs next generation technology to identify resistance to cassava brown streak disease

Figure 3A research article has just been published, the first of its kind, by Maruthi Gowda, Reader in Molecular Plant Pathology at NRI, on identifying resistance of cassava to the Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD).

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Fairtrade benefits in the complex world of sustainable development

Fairtrade-benefitsA new research report by a team from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) has received significant press attention in recent days. We welcome this study as a valuable contribution to the overall study of Fairtrade impact. However, to take this report in isolation in judging the difference Fairtrade makes does not provide a balanced assessment. For example, the report covers just two countries when Fairtrade currently certifies organisations in 70 countries across a range of different commodities.

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Collaboration between British and Mexican researchers

P1050031A workshop entitled 'Trends in modern biotechnology for agriculture, food industry and health: a bi-national perspective' was recently held on the beautiful campus of Monterrey in the centre of Mexico City (6th - 9th May 2014) with the purpose of creating links between UK and Mexican research institutions.

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Bumblebees cannot detect natural nectar toxins

PhilS beepic3Professor Phil Stevenson has recently published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology, which is the first to reveal how bumblebees have poor taste perception for natural toxins in nectar and so may consume them unknowingly.

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Strengthening NRI collaboration with the CGIAR Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Programme

untitled-0237LTNRI recently organised and hosted a Review and Planning Workshop for the project "Driving livelihood improvements through demand-oriented interventions for competitive production and processing of Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTBs)". The workshop was held at the main campus of the University of Greenwich, London, from 28th to 30th of April 2014.

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Is consumer acceptance of root and tuber crops important?

K TomlinsProfessor of Food Science, Keith Tomlins of NRI gave a lecture on 17th May at the H.H. Sree Visakham Thirunal Endowment Lecture 2014 hosted by the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Kerala India to members of CTCRI, the Indian Society for Root Crops (ISRC) and other invited guests.

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