Are you concerned by the 'big' questions facing the world today? ...Climate change...food security? Do you believe that science is key to unlocking solutions to these issues? If so, then you could be an ideal candidate to apply for the BRAND NEW four year undergraduate programme Integrated Masters in Biology (MBiol), led by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) together with the Department of Life and Sports Science at the University of Greenwich Medway campus. Applications are being accepted now for the programme starting in September 2015.
Postharvest exclusive: from analysing losses to adding value, NRI solutions featured in recent Guardian article
An article highlighting innovations to combat postharvest losses was published in the Guardian recently, featuring two flagship NRI projects in a 'celebrity line-up' of six smart scientific solutions for a suite of problems causing damage to an estimated 50% of food crops in the developing world. That's a lot of lost crops...
Research consortium featuring NRI seeks to harness the power of agriculture for improved nutrition: new grant announced by FANRPAN
The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) announced on the 3rd November 2014 that they have been awarded a research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement a project entitled Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Interventions (ATONU), which seeks to improve nutrition outcomes in smallholder farm families and poor households through tailored nutrition-sensitive agriculture programmes that will ultimately benefit women of child bearing age, infants and toddlers.
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.