IFR News Blog
The Institute of Food Research is issuing its annual challenge to schools to see who can use their food physics skills to best effect, in constructing the tallest possible jelly. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as most jellies struggle to top 10cm. The pupils must use food science, experimentation and ingenuity to try […]
‘McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods’ contains nutritional information on almost 1200 items, providing the most recent data on the foods currently eaten in the UK diet. “This is a major update and release of one of the most used and cited reference works, which dates back to the 1st edition published in 1940. […]
A recent study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered new information about the genes Clostridium botulinum uses to produce its deadly toxin. An analysis of closely related strains of one particular type of C. botulinum showed that the toxin genes are carried exclusively on plasmids, and the plasmids were linked to the geographical […]
The Institute of Food Research (IFR), working with Oxford Instruments, has developed a new, rapid testing regime based upon benchtop NMR that can distinguish between different species of animal, based on fatty acids extracted from cuts of meat. This machine provides a fast and relative low cost solution to identify meat fraud and can easily […]
We need your help on the Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study Over 2 million people are affected by heart disease in the UK each year. Diet and lifestyle choices are major factors in deciding how likely we are to develop a problem. There is evidence that eating 5 portions of fruit & veg each day reduces […]
A new technique has been developed at the Institute of Food Research, which is helping to understand how epigenetic marks relate to the risk of developing cancer. Epigenetic marks are changes to our genome, that don’t alter the genes themselves but affect whether they are turned on or off. They have been associated with increased […]
The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is the only publicly funded UK research institute that focuses on the underlying science of food and health to address the global challenges of:
Our mission is to be an international leader in research that addresses the fundamental relationships between food and health, food and the gut and the sustainability of the food chain in order to further the production of safe, healthy foods.
The IFR is one of eight institutes that receive strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It also receives funding from government agencies and departments, the EU, charities and industry, from the UK and overseas.
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