Tag: food

  • Food shortages, fungi and the UKRI CE

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    Food has been hitting the headlines in the past week or so warning us of shortages in various vegetables – particularly courgettes, iceberg lettuce and peppers – with subsequent jumps in the price of such produce and even rationing by some supermarkets. This example, albeit modest in my book, highlights the fragility of our food supply chains by providing yet another demonstration of how extreme weather events – in this case snow in southern Spain – can impact the supply of food stuffs we take for granted. […]

  • Research advice and food – in Vogue

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    During the past week I have attended the meetings of two groups that make important contributions to BBSRC’s scientific strategies, our Research Advisory Panel and Appointments Board (more on this next week).

    Membership of our Research Advisory Panel is drawn from across our advisory structures and includes the Chairs of our responsive mode, strategic Lola and fellowships committees, strategy advisory panels and members of Council. It helps to ensure BBSRC draws on a diversity of perspectives. We welcomed Jane Silverthorne, from the Bio Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF), as an observer at this meeting. We enjoy excellent relations with the NSF and have partnered with them for a range of funding calls including through a Lead Agency pilot agreement, Ideas Labs and ERA-Nets. […]

  • Ending 2015 on a high

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    This is the last blog from me for 2015 but I think we have finished the year on some real highs both for BBSRC and for all Research Councils. For example last Friday we got the official notification from BIS that work can commence on the new Centre for Food and Health at Norwich. The new centre will focus on the role of the microbiome and the importance of diet and nutrition in health and wellness. A conference in the UK is planned in the second quarter of next year with the New York Academy of Sciences on the microbiome and the programme is already shaping up to be very exciting. […]

  • Veterinary vaccinology – enhancing animal welfare and improving food security

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    I had occasion recently to look at a summary of all the efforts that BBSRC is participating in or leading in veterinary vaccinology. This was a report which had been prepared by Sadhana Sharma in our Science Group. I was really impressed by the breadth and depth of BBSRC’s activities in this area, both nationally and internationally. […]

  • Back to blogging! New Bioscience for Health strategic publications

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Well it’s good to be back blogging after purdah and holidays – I can definitely recommend the beaches of Brittany although perhaps not in May if you want to be guaranteed perfect weather! Just before purdah started BBSRC published two important documents in Bioscience for Health. The first was a strategic research framework in Bioscience for Health, 2015-2020 (PDF). This framework will be a living document, responsive to emerging opportunities for excellent research and innovation but does provide a set of long term goals for our research portfolio in this area. It links with our ambitions for the new centre for food and health at Norwich where we plan some very exciting science in many areas including the microbiome and its role in health and disease. Within the Bioscience for Health Strategy there are four challenge areas: lifelong health, nutrition for health, one health and biotechnology for health. […]