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Sex, drugs and dinner: NRI scientist exposes the secret life of bees in public lecture

Pollinator1Entitled ‘Sex, drugs and dinner: the hidden poisons in nectar and pollen’, this lecture deals with the ‘Elvis’ of the pollinating insect world. Indeed, the showy and colourful world of flowers and the insects that visit them is filled with many of the same excesses for which the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was famous; the insect equivalent would be the stimulants and toxins imbibed by the nectar-guzzling pollinators. Unquestionably though, Elvis' contribution to music was phenomenal. Similarly, this lecture deals with the massive importance of bees and other pollinators to life on Earth, highlighting how a decline in these species would have a severe impact on society and the world economy.


Events at Medway deliver plant science, food, drink, dragons….and bees!

At a number of events earlier in the year, NRI and other colleagues from the Universities at Medway pulled together to fire up community interest in plant science, enthuse the public about food hygiene and food programmes across the University of Greenwich, and garner support for local charities.

FoPD P Burt1 750The events began with a captivating look at plants during the Fascination of Plants Day held on Sunday 17th May at the University of Greenwich Medway Campus. Science-curious people of all ages had the chance to look, touch, smell and taste plants or plant products, and understand our interaction with plants on a daily basis.


New NRI research partnership creating the right environment for more, sustainable food in Africa

SAIRLA C Mungai 750NRI and WYG International (WYGI), a global project management and technical consultancy, are currently embarking on a five-year programme dedicated to improving sustainable agricultural enterprise for smallholder farmers in Africa.


NRI Director appointed to strategic role at the University of Greenwich

Andrew Westby 750NRI’s Director, Professor Andrew Westby, has been appointed a Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. He will continue to oversee NRI’s outstanding and inspiring work as Director, whilst supporting research and enterprise across the University.


NRI appoints Deputy Director

B Bennett 750Following a rigorous selection process, involving both internal and external candidates, Professor Ben Bennett has been selected as Deputy Director of NRI. In this new role, Ben will work closely with the NRI Director, Professor Andrew Westby, in the continued development of the Institute, whilst taking on a Research and Enterprise portfolio.


Workshop provides platform to weigh up policy support for managing farm risks in Africa

Policy Workshop Zambia web 750The ‘Farm Risk Management for Africa’ Project, also known as FARMAF, held an international policy workshop from 14–15 April 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia. Over 100 participants shared best practices and discussed the development of sustainable farm risk management systems for African farmers, especially smallholder farmers. The EU-funded project is being implemented by a partnership led by NRI which includes three European research and education institutions and eight African farmers’ organisations.


Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Inaugural lecture by NRI’s Professor Ben Bennett to explore agricultural marketing in the developing world

Namibian myrrh D Cole 750Ben Bennett, Professor of International Trade and Marketing Economics of the University of Greenwich, will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Millet, Myrrh and Manchester United: Markets for Development, Lessons from Practice' on Wednesday, 10th June 2015. All are welcome.


May events at Medway promise plant science, food, drink…and dragons!

NRI, together with other colleagues from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, will be participating in a number of fascinating, fun, fact-filled and feisty events this May! Mark your calendar and invite your families to join in the fun.


Mosquitoes bringing exotic diseases to the UK: NRI experts explain the risks on TV and radio

Frances Hawkes Sky News 1An article published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal last month reported that mosquitoes could bring exotic diseases, such as dengue and West Nile Virus, to the UK within the next few decades. The study caused a media buzz, prompting broadcasters to ask, “How real is the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in the UK?”

NRI scientists, Dr Frances Hawkes and Professor Gabriella Gibson, were on hand to offer their expert opinions and explain the risks.


Training the trainers: NRI collaborating with AfricaRice to develop e-learning modules

Rice N Palmer CIAT1 750NRI is currently collaborating with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the CGIAR international agricultural research centre specialising in the rice sector, on a project called ‘Catalysing Adoption and Use of Scalable Technologies in Africa’ (CAUSA).


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