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NRI contributes to international book on Integrated Pest Management

ID-100275792Rory Hillocks of NRI recently contributed to two chapters in the series of books 'Integrated Pest Management' co-edited by R. Pershin and D. Pimental. His chapters, written together with Derek Russell and Bill Clark respectively, present case studies highlighting successes and challenges with IPM implementation across the globe.


New professors appointed at NRI

S SealThree senior academics have been promoted to the position of Professor at the Natural Resources Institute. The appointments are a key part of the University of Greenwich's ambitions to further raise academic standards and become one of the top 50 universities in the UK, in line with its Strategic Plan.


NRI launches its Postharvest Loss Reduction Centre

NRI's new 'Postharvest Loss Reduction Centre' is helping to sustain the world's food supply, reduce our carbon footprint and make our world a greener place. It is doing this by promoting action to reduce losses and waste within food supply chains, both locally and internationally, to increase food availability and give consumers access to safer and better quality food. The main point of contact with the Centre is through a dedicated website ( that gives access to information about NRI's postharvest teams.



On Trial: Agricultural biotechnology in Africa

D GrzywaczA new study published today by Chatham House, a world-leading UK based think tank, 'On Trial: Agricultural biotechnology in Africa' co-authored by David Grzywacz of NRI, looks at the issues that have prevented modern agricultural biotechnology from achieving its full impact in Africa in transforming people's lives.


Call for urgent scale-up of efforts to reduce food waste

good bad grain 2In the Parliamentary Report entitled, 'Missing Food', published today, Parliamentarians of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development are calling on all governments and donors to urgently scale up and better coordinate efforts to reduce postharvest losses and food waste.


Growing use of Information and Communication Technology in development

DSC00484ccrDr Bruno Tran, Grain Postharvest Scientist at NRI, recently contributed to the first in a series of seminars organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Agriculture and Food for Development (APPG Ag4Dev).


Surprising discovery highlights pollen’s role in reducing bumblebee colony fitness

Terrestris cropThe negative effects of pesticides on bees and other pollinators have been in the news a lot recently, but new research from NRI shows that the picture is not so simple and that pressures on pollinators can come from a variety of sources.


NRI’s rodent expert, Professor Steven Belmain, appears on ITV’s Tonight news programme

norway eatingNew evidence has been uncovered that a new generation of 'super-rats' are emerging in Britain, which have almost 100% resistance, in some towns, to the commonly available rat poisons that can be bought over the counter. Professor Steven Belmain, an international rodent expert at NRI, comments on the findings.


NRI employs next generation technology to identify resistance to cassava brown streak disease

Figure 3A research article has just been published, the first of its kind, by Maruthi Gowda, Reader in Molecular Plant Pathology at NRI, on identifying resistance of cassava to the Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD).


Fairtrade benefits in the complex world of sustainable development

Fairtrade-benefitsA new research report by a team from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) has received significant press attention in recent days. We welcome this study as a valuable contribution to the overall study of Fairtrade impact. However, to take this report in isolation in judging the difference Fairtrade makes does not provide a balanced assessment. For example, the report covers just two countries when Fairtrade currently certifies organisations in 70 countries across a range of different commodities.


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