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Dr Ana Fernández

Developing innovative processes to ensure fresh food is safe

IFR researchers have recently reviewed the use of cold atmospheric plasmas to inactivate Salmonella to assess their use by fresh or minimally-processed food producers. A growing demand for fresh produce is presenting a challenge to the food industry to supply safe food with minimal processing. It is crucial that these foods are supplied without microbial […]

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Not only living longer, but living healthier

Not only living longer, but living healthier

[University of Bologna Press Release] IFR is a partner in a new EU-funded research project that is investigating how diet can help ensure that we remain healthy during old age. Immunological studies will feed into a study of how diet can affect a number of age-related conditions. People are living longer. Rising living standards, improved […]

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Salmonella Typhimurium

Modelling salmonella growth to produce safer pork

Salmonella infections are among the most common bacterial causes of food-borne gastroenteritis in humans, with a number of different potential sources including meat, eggs, and fresh produce. In the EU, up to 20% of human salmonellosis cases are thought to be due to consumption of contaminated pork products.  Most EU countries have established programmes to […]

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Prof Keith Waldron receiving the BBSRC Most Promising Innovator Award from Minister for Universities and Science, the Right Hon. David Willetts MP

IFR scientist is ‘Most Promising Innovator’ of 2011

A patented process to control the degradation of plant material during composting has earned Professor Keith Waldron from the Institute of Food research the award of Most Promising Innovator in a national competition recognising bioscience research. The annual competition is organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. There were six finalists and winners […]

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Faye Jeffers' Poster

Three IFR students present their work at The House of Commons

Three PhD students from the Institute of Food Research recently presented their work to an audience of MPs and leading scientists at The House of Commons.  They were selected for the SET for Britain poster exhibition, organised by The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.  The aim of SET for Britain is to encourage, support and promote […]

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Maquipucuna cloud forest in Ecuador yields new species (of yeast)

Maquipucuna cloud forest in Ecuador yields new species (of yeast)

In a unique collaboration between scientists from the UK, Ecuador and Réunion, a new species of yeast has been discovered growing on the fruit of an unidentified and innocuous bramble collected from the biodiversity-rich Maquipucuna cloud forest nature reserve, near Quito, in Ecuador. “We are actively looking for new yeasts with the ability to ferment […]

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Genome sequencing used to assess the threat to biosecurity from a novel form of Clostridium botulinum

Genome sequencing used to assess the threat to biosecurity from a novel form of Clostridium botulinum

Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), following a case of wound botulism. Professor Mike […]

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Food waste

New composting process recognised in Grower of the Year award

A patented process to control the degradation of plant material during composting has been short-listed as a finalist in the Technical Product category in this year’s Grower of the Year awards. The process was invented by Professor Keith Waldron from the Institute of Food Research and developed with the help of industry partners, Defra, the […]

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ramanmisroscopy

Novel imaging technique looks inside starch granules

Starch is the major storage compound in plants, and a major component of cereal grains and so is an important part of our food.  For this reason scientists are keen to understand how it is made and stored by the plant, and how changes to the plants genes could affect the composition and properties of […]

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Scientists complete the human ‘fasting metabolome’

Scientists from the European Nutrigenomics Organisation have profiled the changes in our bodies’ molecules caused by prolonged fasting.  This ‘fasting metabolome’  may make it possible to characterise different people according to their metabolic reaction to nutritional stress, as a step towards personalised nutrition for maintaining an individual’s health and wellbeing. In research published in the […]

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International collaboration to address food related health inequalities in Indian populations in the UK and India

The Institute of Food Research is leading a new research collaboration to investigate food-related health inequalities in Indian populations in the UK and India. At the inaugural meeting of international scientists in Mysore, they identified issues of over- and under-nutrition as well as food allergies and asthma. (more…)

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