All the latest news and views from the Institute of Food Research. IFR aims 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.



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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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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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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Tamás Korcsmáros

New resource to study the mechanism and regulation of autophagy to fight human disease

Tamás Korcsmáros, Computational Biology Fellow at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and the Institute of Food Research (IFR), has led the development of an Autophagy Regulatory Network (ARN) online resource to further research in this human cellular process, to help combat cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Autophagy, derived from the Greek term for ‘eating of self’, […]

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Emily Completes Management Diploma in Record Time

Emily Smith, Programme Manager of the Gut Health and Food Safety Strategic Research Programme at The Institute of Food Research (IFR), has completed a management course at Fife College in record time. Emily began the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma in Programme and Project Management (DPPM) in January 2014.  The course can take students up […]

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New yeast species marks milestone for collection

The National Collection of Yeast Cultures at the Institute of Food Research has added the 4,000th yeast strain to its publicly-available collection. ‘NCYC 4000’ was found at the bottom of a collapsed magma chamber on Santa Cruz, one of the Galápagos Islands. It was growing on rotten wood collected from a species of tree unique […]

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Heroes of Food Research celebrated in Norwich

The Institute of Food Research is holding an exhibition celebrating its Heroes of Food Research – you! The event at the Forum on Tuesday 10th February is highlighting the crucial role that volunteers play in food research. The very best evidence for the beneficial effects of certain foods or diets can only be obtained through […]

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Complexities in improving health through what we eat

Whilst there is no doubt that reducing excessive levels of salt, fat and sugar in the diet will have benefits on the nation’s overall health, how we achieve this needs to be based on the best available scientific evidence. We believe that this is best achieved through a balanced diet and taking sufficient exercise. Government […]

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