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Scientists at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park want to find out whether eating this new broccoli can have an impact on conditions such as high cholesterol in the over-50s.

Enriched broccoli reduces cholesterol

Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6%, according to the results of human trials led by the Institute of Food Research. The broccoli variety was bred to contain two to three times more of a naturally occurring compound glucoraphanin. It is now available in supermarkets, under the […]

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Apples and Green Tea

New evidence for how green tea and apples protect health

Scientists from the Institute of Food Research have found evidence for a mechanism by which certain food compounds could help protect our health. Dietary studies have shown that people who eat the largest amounts of fruit and vegetables have a reduced risk of developing chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. There could be […]

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Salmonella

Reading Salmonella’s genetic secrets

The World Health Organisation annually celebrates the 7th April as World Health Day, and in 2015 it is highlighting the challenges of food safety. Over 2 million people die each year through contaminated food and drink. IFR welcomes the WHO using World Health Day to focus on the global impact of food safety. Our own […]

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False coloured scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of Campylobacter cells attached to chicken juice on a glass slide.

Battling biofilms in the fight against Campylobacter

A new study has highlighted a potential new way of battling the persistence of Campylobacter in the food chain. One of the unsolved mysteries about Campylobacter is that it is easy to kill in the laboratory, but surprisingly difficult to remove from the food chain. Recent work from the Institute of Food Research has shown […]

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biorefinerysign

New project to develop biofuels from paper waste

The Biorefinery Centre at the Institute of Food Research is to launch a new project, to investigate the feasibility of turning waste paper into biofuels. The project is one of 24 announced by the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Funded by Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences […]

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S. cerevisiae yeast Image by Kathryn Cross and Carmen Nueno Palop

Yeasts identified that could turn agricultural waste to biofuels

Scientists from the Norwich Research Park have found strains of yeast that look particularly useful for turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into bioethanol. It is estimated that more than 400 billion litres of bioethanol could be produced each year from crop wastage. The research team say that their findings could help […]

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S. cerevisiae

Step change for screening could boost biofuels

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The new technique could also be a boon in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals from plant-based wastes, reducing our reliance on petrochemicals. Yeasts are a key step […]

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SEM image showing EHEC binding to human colonic biopsy epithelium

E. coli’s intimate relationships with your colon

Pathogenic E. coli, of the sort responsible for the outbreak in Germany in 2011, form an intimate relationship with the lining of our colon. New research led by Dr Stephanie Schüller is providing new insights into this relationship, which will help in the development of therapies and vaccines. Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) or E. coli […]

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Colonies of Clostridium difficile grown anaerobically in plate culture – image by Dr Emma Meader

Is food a possible route of Clostridium difficile infection?

A recent article published by IFR’s Emeritus Fellow Dr Barbara Lund and Professor Mike Peck in the journal “Foodborne Pathogens and Disease” reviews the question whether food may be a route of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). C. difficile is a major cause of illness in patients in hospitals and healthcare settings and also occurs in […]

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