One of Africa's most harmful pests, the tsetse fly, which can infect humans and cattle with fatal sleeping sickness and nagana (the equivalent disease in cattle), has been all but eradicated from parts of the African continent with the help of artificial cows.
Developed by an international group of researchers including scientists from NRI, the artificial cows attract tsetse by using kairomones (chemicals emitted by one species that influence the behaviour of another) to mimic the smell of real cattle. The fake cattle are impregnated with insecticides that kill the tsetse attracted to them.
Professor Andrew Gale, working with Andrew Smith and Neale Monks of the Natural History Museum, has been the subject of a Science Magazine 'News Focus' published yesterday, because the group's research has cast doubts on the Cenomanian-Turonian (C-T) mass extinction of 94 million years ago.
Reflecting changes in demand by NRI's clients, together with changes in the management structure of the University, NRI has re-organized into six thematic Groups participating flexibly in interdisciplinary project teams, co-ordinated by a Director's Office that oversees business winning, marketing, financial planning and policy-direction. NRI also works closely with the University's Medway Sciences team, specializing in research and consultancy on pharmaceutical chemistry and allied subjects, and this team's work is therefore featured on our website.
Following her successful submission to the Younger Scientists, Engineers and Technologists Awards, held at the House of Commons in March, which ranked a very creditable third ranking overall and was awarded the De Montford Prize, NRI's Tanya Stathers has been in great demand by the media.
The University of Greenwich has received a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its work on 'Food Security in the Developing World.' This national award recognizes outstanding achievement which also benefits the wider community.
The Prize has been won by the University's Natural Resources Institute (NRI), whose food systems experts work with partners in the developing world on processing, conservation and marketing of food supplies. A distinguished panel of judges commended NRI, saying that its work "in the field of sustainable food security is of international renown." Their citation states that NRI's "practical projects together with its educational and training programmes have brought huge benefit, making a real difference to the lives of thousands of people in developing countries and ensuring that its multidisciplinary expertise is shared widely."
'In The Field' is a collaboration between the BBC World Service and NRI, supported by the Rural Livelihoods Department of DFID. The programmes are being broadcast between 3 January and 21 March 2001.
The aim of 'In The Field' is to bring to life and showcase innovative approaches to improving poor people's livelihoods. It draws on projects that have successfully tackled problems that are both locally and globally relevant. Almost all of these projects were funded by DFID, mainly through its Renewable Natural Resources Research Programme. In all but one of the projects, NRI was a research partner. NRI collaboration on the series, and in preparing the notes for the accompanying website, was made possible through funding from DFID's Rural Livelihoods Department.
The University of Greenwich has won a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This national award recognises outstanding achievement which also benefits the wider community.
The prize has been won by the university's Natural Resources Institute (NRI), whose Food Systems Department works with partners in the developing world on processing, conservation and marketing of food supplies. A distinguished panel of judges commended the university, saying that its work is of "international renown". Their citation states that the NRI's "practical projects together with its educational and training programmes have brought huge benefit, making a real difference to the lives of thousands of people".