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Coffee, cocoa, nectar, pollen? New research reveals favourite poisons and cures for pollinators

Pollinator-cocoa-flower Sarah-Arnold-750Do you have a favourite café that you go back to, time after time, the smell of the coffee drawing you in as you rush by outside? What is it about your favourite brand of coffee that gets you to buy it again and again? Could it be that your favourite coffee improves your memory of its taste so that's the reason you return for more? It may not be true of people and their daily cup, but it is true of caffeine lovers of the bee world – as shown in a recent study by Professor Phil Stevenson of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and NRI, and collaborators at Newcastle University.

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NRI wins Times Higher Education Award showing truly international collaboration

THE-Award-banner-750The 10th Annual Times Higher Education Awards ceremony held in the evening of the 27th November saw NRI pick up the prestigious prize for International Collaboration of the Year for its flagship project Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Harnessing the potential: new APPG report on ICT4Agriculture draws on NRI expertise

ICTs APPG B-Tran-web-750A report launched today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development advocates that Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have the potential to be powerful tools in agriculture.

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Adding value to root crop wastes – the Gratitude project disseminates its findings

 

Gratitude-groupThe three-year project Gratitude (Gains from Losses of Root and Tuber Crops) came to an end this month with its final dissemination exhibition and stakeholder forum meeting in Porto, Portugal.

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NEW undergraduate programme led by NRI interweaves threads of green and white biology

Lab2-NRI-square-750Are 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.

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Postharvest exclusive: from analysing losses to adding value, NRI solutions featured in recent Guardian article

Harvest N-Palmer CIAT-750An 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...

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Because Food Matters...NRI part of UoG team participating in major food, health and nutrition event

fml-logo-3-700Save the date! From the 18th–20th November 2014, the Food Matters Live FREE event will be taking place at ExCeL (Exhibition Centre London), located at the Royal Victoria Dock, London Docklands.

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Research consortium featuring NRI seeks to harness the power of agriculture for improved nutrition: new grant announced by FANRPAN

WomenAndMaizeThe 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.

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NRI helps alumni and partners win PEARLS!

DSCN0160 1Three of NRI's alumni and partners in Africa have recently been awarded prestigious research grants under the Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARL), by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Potential transmitter of West Nile Virus prevalent in Kent

IMG 9517750Apart 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.

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