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Life Sciences Minister tours The Biorefinery Centre

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, concluded a visit to the Norwich Research Park on 23rd July with a session at the Biorefinery Centre. He engaged in state-of-the-art biomass-to-biofuel processing activities with an active demonstration of the steam explosion plant, and had discussions with industrial collaborators, Professor Jackie Hunter, CEO of BBSRC, and members […]

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Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research are helping in the expansion and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda. A new two year project ultimately aims to improve the diets of Ugandans, increase the incomes of local farmers and create a sustainable trade through training and research. By the end of the project, it is […]

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Green and yellow – straw from oilseed as a new source of biofuels

The bright yellow fields of oilseed rape are a familiar sight at this time of year, but for scientists what lies beneath is just as exciting. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be […]

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New Biorefinery textbook published

A newly-published textbook, edited by Keith Waldron and involving over sixty respected international experts, provides a wide ranging and systematic look at the latest developments in biorefining, and how they are helping to produce more sustainable fuels and chemicals. Published by Woodhead Publishing, Advances in Biorefineries: Biomass and Waste Supply Chain Exploitation will be an […]

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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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Reducing food waste

We undertake research in the following areas: Creating value from food waste (biofuels, platform chemicals, composts) Extending shelf-life Defining and quantifying food waste Creating value from food waste At the Institute of Food Research (IFR) we explore how food waste, from different parts of the food supply chain, could be used to make valuable products […]

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Global Food Security report highlights change needed to reduce food waste

The Global Food Security Programme has published a report  identifying the main research priorities needed to address the problems of food waste. Tackling food waste is a vital part of ensuring food security in the future. ‘Food Waste within Global Systems’  identifies research priorities throughout the food supply chain, from production through to consumers. Part of the […]

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Process turning waste to biofuels works on paper

Researchers from the Institute of Food Research have successfully produced bioethanol from waste paper, as part of efforts to turn waste into valuable products. To increase their sustainability, there is currently a drive to turn away from deriving biofuels from food crops, such as corn and sugarcane. Bioethanol derived from waste streams from agriculture and […]

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Vietnamese delegation fostering collaboration

The Institute of Food Research hosted visitors from Vietnam, lead by the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bui Ba Bong. The delegation was interested in IFR’s research into food safety, food bioactives and exploitation of co-products from the food chain, with a view to future collaborations and learning from […]

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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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From food waste to fuel in 6 days to give zero to 60 in 3.9sec

A Biorefinery Centre was launched at the UK’s Institute of Food Research on Friday 30th September, where scientists will explore new ways to make use of residual plant material from food processing and agriculture. In collaboration with Lotus Engineering and other partners, they are addressing the challenge of producing fuel with a lower carbon footprint. […]

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