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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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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 funding puts Norwich at the heart of green technologies

With over £5.5 million of funding over five years, researchers at the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre will help make the UK a world leader in industrial biotechnology.  Four of 13 new national ‘Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy’ announced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will be co-led […]

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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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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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New ways of testing meat in the food chain

The Institute of Food Research has teamed up with Oxford Instruments to develop improved ways of testing meat in the food chain. The horsemeat scandal, and the recently published report from the National Audit Office, have shown that among other things there is a need to improve, increase and expand current authenticity testing regimes. New […]

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Superbroccoli.info – the facts about broccoli in new website

Beneforté superbroccoli has been conventionally bred to contain 2-3 times the levels of naturally occurring compound called glucoraphanin, and has been developed by British science at the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre.  Research suggests this could help to maintain cardiovascular health and to reduce the risk of some forms of cancer. www.superbroccoli.info presents […]

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Impact of the Institute of Food Research

A new independent report on the impact of the Institute of Food Research has shown that every £1 invested in IFR delivers £8 in benefits to the UK economy. Food is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, and the report shows IFR’s research and innovation is supporting growth in this sector and the UK economy as […]

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NCYC visitors on the yeast trail

The National Collection of Yeast Cultures, the BBSRC-supported National capability based at the IFR recently hosted a visit from leading beer writer Roger Protz as well as a blogger from Spitalfields Life. They were here following the story of how NCYC is helping resurrect Truman’s, the London brewery that closed down in 1988 after hundreds […]

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300 Leading Experts Meet at the First UK-Ireland Food Business Innovation Summit

The Institute of Food Research and Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland jointly organised the successful first UK-Ireland Food Business Innovation Summit. The summit brought together over 300 leaders from the UK & Irish food industry to identify ways research, innovation and training could boost the agri-food sector in both countries by […]

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