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Archive | November, 2013

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Livestock-associated MRSA found in poultry

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has identified the presence of Livestock-Associated Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) on a poultry farm. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/livestock-associated-mrsa-found-at-a-farm-in-east-anglia The discovery of this livestock-associated strain of MRSA in poultry should present a very low risk to human health, provided normal hygiene and cooking procedures are followed. In general, poultry meat should […]

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More than bread and beer: the National Collection of Yeast Cultures

A new video looks at the National Collection of Yeast Cultures, a BBSRC-funded National Capability at the Institute of Food Research. Brewers’ yeast, Saccharomyces cerivisae, features widely in products we consume daily in our billions across the world, but these ancient unicellular fungi are poised to become a defining organism of the modern era. Yeast can […]

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Researchers have a nose for how probiotics could affect hay fever

A study has shown that a daily probiotic drink changed how cells lining the nasal passages of hay fever sufferers reacted to a single out-of-season challenge. However, it did not lead to significant changes in hay fever symptoms, although this challenge test may not have accurately represented natural allergen exposure. Our immune system must distinguish […]

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Caution needed in feeding food waste to pigs

The IFR generally supports efforts to reduce or reuse food waste, as a way of reducing the overall environmental impact of the food chain. However, this needs to be done in a responsible manner. It is essential that any food waste used to feed pigs is not exposed to contamination from meat or other animal-derived […]

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IFR in Northern Ireland

IFR’s International Office team recently took up an invitation to visit the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at its headquarters in Belfast. As well as briefing AFBI colleagues on IFR’s science mission and capabilities, Professor Tim Brocklehurst and Ken I’Anson held stimulating conversations with AFBI colleagues and identified opportunities for joint activity including Horizon 2020 […]

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Transmission Electron Micrograph of normal, wild type (left) and EPS cluster mutant (right) L. johnsonii. The mutant on the right has a much reduced EPS coat

Poultry probiotic’s coat clues to ability to battle bugs

IFR researchers have characterised the coat of a potential poultry probiotic, giving the first clues of how it may be used to exclude pathogenic bacteria from chickens. Lactobacillus johnsonii has previously been shown to exclude Clostridium perfringens from the guts of poultry, opening the door to it being developed as a way of reducing necrotic […]

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PhD studentships available at the Institute of Food Research

The closing date for applications to the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Programme has now passed.  However, we welcome applications from students who have or hope to gain scholarships or wish to self-fund their studies. For more details see: http://www.ifr.ac.uk/students/search/details.asp?id=1007 Future studentships will be advertised here: http://www.ifr.ac.uk/students/search/current_opps.asp Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme       The […]

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Should the UK consume horse meat to help improve horse welfare?

In response to Princess Anne’s comments that the UK should consider consuming horse meat, as a means to improving horse welfare, the Institute of Food Research has this comment: “With a robust system of provenance and traceability (which covers administration of medications), from a microbiological safety point of view, we can see no reason why […]

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Hub of commercial research and development reaches construction milestone

[Norwich Research park press release] A state-of-the art research and development hub moved one step closer to completion today as local councillors, funders and contractors gathered to complete the main structure of the new Centrum building on Norwich Research Park. Richard Bacon MP marked the occasion – known as the ‘topping out ceremony’ – traditionally […]

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Genome map of Campylobacter jejuni

New chromosome map points the way through Campylobacter’s genetic controls

A study from the Institute of Food Research has produced a new map of the Campylobacter genome, showing the points where all of this pathogenic bacteria’s genes are turned on. This information is already being used to find new genes and control mechanisms that could provide us with new ways of reducing the amount of […]

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