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Archive | April, 2012

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UK-Vietnam Workshop on Biofuels

Professor Keith Waldron has attended a UK-Vietnam Workshop on Biofuels, sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the British Embassy. Vietnam is a centre of rice growing and production, and the waste rice straw from this could represent a significant source of biofuels. To help in exploiting this, BBSRC set up […]

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Conference poster prize for Toxoplasma gondii work

Conference poster prize for Toxoplasma gondii work

PhD student Caroline Weight recently won a prize for a poster that she presented at an international conference on aspects of tight junctions, which are specialised connections between adjacent epithelial cells. Her poster outlined some of the major findings from her PhD on how the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii targets tight junctions and occludin protein […]

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Exposure to stomach acid primes Campylobacter for intestinal infection

Campylobacter is a major cause of foodborne gastroenteritis, with an estimated 500,000 infections annually in the UK. The most common infection route is on undercooked poultry meat, and then crossing the lining of the small intestine. To do this, the bacteria must survive the highly acidic conditions in the stomach, and then find a way […]

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Beneforte broccoli finalist in national innovation competition

Professor Richard Mithen of the Institute of Food Research was a finalist in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year Awards for the development of Beneforte broccoli, a consumer product from UK plant research. The new broccoli variety contains higher levels of a key phytonutrient thanks to Prof. Mithen and colleagues’ research on both the biology […]

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