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Newly validated MSc in Food Innovation

P1000499crA new MSc programme in Food Innovation has been designed to provide food industry personnel with knowledge and understanding of key steps in the development and launch of new ingredients and products to contribute to healthy living and lifestyles. The newly validated programme will be offered on the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich from September 2014.


Planting trees for natural pesticides to protect African crops

Group Photo-2A new project to be led by NRI, 'Optimisation of Pesticidal-plants: Technology Innovation, Outreach and Networks (OPTIONs)', aims to promote and facilitate the uptake of innovative pesticidal plant technologies for improved food security that can be deployed effectively within the context of local needs and resources.


Inaugural lecture at NRI for Professor Phil Stevenson – Sex, drugs and pest control

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 10.59.04Phil Stevenson, Professor of Plant Chemistry at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Sex and Drugs and Pest Control: The Ecology and Application of Plant Chemistry' on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. All are welcome.


Second successful NRI-hosted Biopesticide Event held at Greenwich

IMG 2118By popular request from participants at the 2013 Biopesticides Event, a similar meeting was held on 10 April at Queen Anne Court at the University of Greenwich's main campus. Once again the event was sponsored by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), supported by the Society of Chemical Industries and co-organised by EEN and the European Centre for Integrated Pest Management (EUCIPM) at NRI.


How acceptable is bread made with high quality cassava flour in Vietnam?

hqcfbread14The Gratitude Project seeks to reduce physical losses of cassava, during postharvest and processing and to add value to the waste products produced.


Anthony Beattie

AnthonyBeattie1Colleagues at the Natural Resources Institute are sad to learn of the death of its former Director Anthony Beattie on 31 March 2014.

Anthony was Director of NRI, then part of the Overseas Development Administration, for ten years from 1986 until its transfer to the University of Greenwich in 1996. This was a period of considerable change for the Institute and in the wider environment in which it was operating.


Carbon sequestration using biochar as an improver of crop yields in the spotlight

Iain Retort operatorHannah PhDstudentA public event was held in Canterbury recently, organised by NRI PhD student Hannah Scott, to understand the potential production and use of biochar (charcoal applied to soils) in Kent and the UK. Biochar is thought to improve soil fertility and to have potential as a means of carbon sequestration.


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Rural Livelihoods

IPCC reportA landmark United Nations report on the impacts of climate change and the prospects for adapting to it has been released. Two NRI staff members, Professors John R. Porter and John Morton, have made significant contributions, leading the production of individual chapters and working as writing-team members for the overall summaries.


New findings and explorations of the impact of Fairtrade

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 10.17.32A special issue of the international peer reviewed journal 'Food Chain' has been guest edited by Valerie Nelson from the Natural Resources Institute. February's 'Food Chain' issue brings together a series of articles that draw on new research on the impact of Fairtrade, with a focus on Nicaragua, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa.


New fragrance distillation factory opened in Namibia to benefit indigenous harvesters

IMG 4592A processing facility for indigenous natural products and a visitors' centre were opened at Opuwo in the Kunene region of Namibia recently as part of the Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia (MCA-Namibia) project, to which NRI provides technical support. It is the first facility of this nature in Namibia.


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