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Potential transmitter of West Nile Virus prevalent in Kent

Medical entomologists Gabriella Gibson, Frances Hawkes and Robert Cheke from NRI, together with Public Health England (PHE) are investigating the current distribution and status of a mosquito in South East England which has the potential to transmit the West Nile Virus from infected migrant birds to humans.

C:AVA project earns Times Higher Award nomination

The NRI-led Cassava: Adding Value for Africa project has been nominated for the Times Higher Award of International Collaboration of the Year. This project has transformed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of smallholder farming families through a partnership with more than 200 organisations in Africa.

Helping to maintain the supply of quality food aid to war-torn Syria

In the World Food Programme’s drive to maintain the highest standard of aid relief to refugees and displaced people in and around the war torn country of Syria, NRI's Dr Bruno Tran has been supporting its inspection procedures in the Turkish supply chain from manufacturer to transporter.
The Gratitude project, which aims to find solutions to waste from postharvest losses in cassava and yam crops, is to host a public meeting in Portugal to communicate its findings from the past 3 years of its implementation. November 3rd - 5th 2014, Catholic University of Portugal - Porto, Carvalho Guerra Auditorium. Please register to attend here.

New professors appointed at NRI

Three senior academics have been promoted to the position of Professor at NRI. The appointments are a key part of the University of Greenwich's ambitions to further raise academic standards and become one of the top 50 universities in the UK. The new professors are Susan Seal, Gay Gibson and Steve Belmain.


NRI contributes to international book on Integrated Pest Management

Rory Hillocks recently contributed to two chapters in the series of books 'Integrated Pest Management' co-edited by R. Pershin and D. Pimental. His chapters, written together with Derek Russell and Bill Clark, present case studies highlighting successes and challenges with IPM implementation across the globe.

NRI predecessors’ staff reunion

A reunion of former staff of two of NRI's predecessor units, the Anti-Locust Research Centre (A-LRC) and the Centre for Overseas Pest Research (COPR) was held at the Medway campus recently. The reunion brought together 32 former staff and their partners, some of whom had not seen each other for more than 40 years.

Forthcoming events:
  • 'The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: what it is, what it says, and why we should listen' - UN climate change adviser Professor John Morton of NRI to give FREE public lecture at 6:30pm TONIGHT, Wednesday 8th October in Pembroke building, Medway Read more
  • 'Food Matters Live' - Excel, London 18th to 20th November. Read more
  • 'Biopesticides - Where is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe?' - University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime campus Thursday 9th April 2015. This will be the third Greenwich Bio-pesticides Event organised by Enterprise Europe Network SE UK and the European Centre for IPM, NRI. More information will be provided on the NRI website shortly.
Latest publications from NRI: 

Crooks, William T.S. and Cheke, Robert (2014) Soil moisture assessments for brown locust Locustana pardalina breeding potential using synthetic aperture radar. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS), 8 (1):084898.

De Groote, Hugo, Chege, Christine Kiria, Tomlins, Keith and Gunaratna, Nilupa S. (2014) Combining experimental auctions with a modified home-use test to assess rural consumers' acceptance of quality protein maize, a biofortified crop. Food Quality and Preference, 38. pp. 1-13.

Fountain, Michelle, JÃ¥stad, Gunnhild, Hall, David, Douglas, Paul, Farman, Dudley and Cross, Jerry (2014) Further studies on sex pheromones of female Lygus and related bugs: development of effective lures and investigation of species-specificity. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 40 (1). pp. 71-83.

Read more for a full list of our latest publications.
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The Resource #27: 08/10/2014

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