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Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

The Norwich Research Park Biorefinery Centre has joined a new alliance of similar established R&D centres, called BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy. “BioPilotsUK will enable Britain to realise the potential to tap both […]

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Norfolk hospital and science partnership cure patients of debilitating gut infection

A treatment programme for Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is being announced during International Infection Prevention Awareness Week 17-21 October. In the last year, the lives of 20 patients diagnosed with C. diff, a bacterium that infects the gut, have been transformed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by the use of Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT).  […]

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UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research

The Institute of Food Research and Jiangnan University have collaborated to initiate a UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotic Research. The centre builds on long term collaboration between Professor Chen Wei, at Jiangnan University, and Professor Arjan Narbad at the IFR, which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). After several […]

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Norwich to be home to the Quadram Institute, a new £81.6m Food & Health research centre

The Quadram Institute is the name of the new centre for food and health research to be located at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in food, health and environmental sciences.  Building of a new £81.6m facility to house the Quadram Institute begins this month, with […]

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Ugandan mushroom project brings hope to orphans in Africa

Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, making life for its most vulnerable inhabitants even tougher. But one orphanage caring for abandoned children has been giving fresh hope as part of a larger project aimed to help Ugandans improve their livelihoods, by growing mushrooms. The Window of Life Babies Home in Masindi […]

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Tying up the ends of Tanzania’s meat supply chain

IFR scientist Dr Gary Barker is a partner in Livestock, Livelihoods and Health, a collaborative research programme focused on livestock diseases, and how they affect the people of Tanzania. Livestock management is vital to many in Tanzania, but is facing challenges such as urbanisation, climate change and a growing demand for more meat and milk. […]

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Planning permission granted for new centre for food and health

Planning permission has been granted by South Norfolk Council for a new food and health research building on the Norwich Research Park. The building will house a new centre for food and health, which will bring together the Institute of Food Research (IFR) with aspects of the University of East Anglia’s (UEA)  Norwich Medical School […]

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Reducing the risk of foodborne disease in Tanzania’s meat

IFR is a partner in a project that is helping reduce the risk of foodborne disease in Tanzania’s meat supply chain. Here, IFR’s Dr Gary Barker blogs about the need for such a project, as highlighted by the news of meat shortages prompted over hygiene fears. In a recent issue of “The Citizen”, a leading […]

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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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The importance of nutrition in food security

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Commons Select Committee has recently  published its report into Food security, focused on demand, consumption and waste.The report highlights the health impacts of poor diet and over-consumption. The Committee’s Chair, Anne McIntosh said “Despite efforts to promote healthy eating, the UK is still experiencing high levels of health problems […]

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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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