Fighting bacteria – with viruses

Research published in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. The study, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg, Germany, and the Institute of Food Research could […]

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Life Sciences Minister tours The Biorefinery Centre

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, concluded a visit to the Norwich Research Park on 23rd July with a session at the Biorefinery Centre. He engaged in state-of-the-art biomass-to-biofuel processing activities with an active demonstration of the steam explosion plant, and had discussions with industrial collaborators, Professor Jackie Hunter, CEO of BBSRC, and members […]

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New analysis of how we metabolise folic acid risks overexposure

A new study has shown that synthetic folic acid, the form taken in folic acid supplements we can buy over the counter, is not processed by the body in the same way as natural folates, the form found in green vegetables. This can lead to unprocessed folic acid circulating in the blood stream, with unknown […]

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Cutting sugar intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)  has today published its draft report on Carbohydrates and Health. Public Health England (PHE) have also published a response, ‘Sugar Reduction: Responding to the Challenge.’ Ian Johnson, from the Institute of Food Research, is a member of the SACN working group on Carbohydrates and Health. The Institute of Food […]

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Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research are helping in the expansion and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda. A new two year project ultimately aims to improve the diets of Ugandans, increase the incomes of local farmers and create a sustainable trade through training and research. By the end of the project, it is […]

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Don’t wash raw chicken – Food Safety Week 2014

The Institute of Food Research fully backs the Food Standards Agency’s call for people to stop washing raw chicken, to reduce the risk of contracting Campylobacter. The message, being launched in Food Safety Week, is a crucial part in a strategy to reduce the estimated 280,000 cases of food poisoning that Campylobacter causes annually in […]

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Bacillus cereus

Bacillus cereus are bacteria that cause serious illness in humans. Many cases of illness related to Bacillus cereus are caused by eating contaminated foods. The recent tragic cases involving babies in neonatal units are extremely unusual, as it appears the infections were through intravenous fluids given as nutrition to the babies. This meant that the […]

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Charlotte Armah

Inspiration for a life in science

Dr Charlotte Armah has taken part in a project recording the life stories of British researchers with minority ethnic heritage, which have been released as a series of video interviews by the Royal Society and the British library today. The videos aim to highlight the diversity of people working in science, and are extracted from […]

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Planned New Food & Health Research Centre at the Norwich Research Park

A world-leading new centre for food and health research is planned for the Norwich Research Park. Funding partners include the Institute of Food Research (IFR), the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), the University of East Anglia (UEA), and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  Researchers from IFR, UEA and NNUH will be […]

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