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April 2014

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: Climate change impacts on food security and rural livelihoods

Two NRI staff members, Professors John R. Porter and John Morton, have made significant contributions to the landmark United Nations report on the impacts of climate change and the prospects for adaptation. They led the production of individual chapters and worked as writing-team members for the overall summaries.

Planting trees for natural pesticides to protect African crops

A new project to be led by NRI, 'Optimisation of Pesticidal-plants: Technology Innovation, Outreach and Networks (OPTIONs)', aims to promote and facilitate the uptake of innovative pesticidal plant technologies for improved food security, which can be deployed effectively within the context of local needs and resources.  

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Inaugural Lecture at NRI by Phil Stevenson - Sex, drugs and pest control 

Phil Stevenson, Professor of Plant Chemistry at NRI will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Sex and Drugs and Pest Control: The Ecology and Application of Plant Chemistry' on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. All are welcome. Phil will be describing how an understanding of the ecological role of plant chemicals can help us improve pest management, optimise pollination and even enhance ecosystems.

Second successful NRI-hosted Biopesticide Event held at Greenwich

The theme for this year's Biopesticide Event, having returned after popular request from participants, was 'Making IPM work for farmers'. The keynote speakers delivered fascinating perspectives on the practicalities of implementing Integrated Pest Management systems on-farm.

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How acceptable is bread made with High Quality Cassava Flour in Vietnam?

Research conducted for the Gratitude project looks at the consumer acceptance of bread made with HQCF as a partial substitute for wheat flour. In Vietnam, HQCF bread produced at a local bakery was tested by 145 local consumers. Preliminary results showed that the bread was almost equally as acceptable as that made with 100% wheat flour.

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Anthony Beattie

Colleagues at the Natural Resources Institute are sad to learn of the death of its former Director Anthony Beattie on 31 March 2014. Anthony was Director of NRI, then part of the Overseas Development Administration, for ten years from 1986 until its transfer to the University of Greenwich in 1996.

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Carbon sequestration using biochar as an improver of crop yields in the spotlight

A public event was held in Canterbury recently, organised by NRI PhD student Hannah Scott, to understand the potential production and use of biochar (charcoal applied to soils) in Kent and the UK. Biochar is thought to improve soil fertility and to have potential as a means of carbon sequestration.

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Forthcoming events: 
  • Professor Phil Stevenson Inaugural Lecture - 'Sex and drugs and pest control: The ecology and application of Plant Chemistry'. Wednesday 11th June, 6pm Pilkington Building. Read more
  • Agrinatura Science Day - 'Growing together: Family farming and agricultural sciences transforming world food systems'. 5th - 8th May 2014. Read more 
Job opportunities at NRI: 
  • No current vacancies
Latest publications from NRI:

Achir, N., Pénicaud, C., Bechoff, A., Boulanger, R., Dornier, M. and Dhuique-Mayer, C. (2014) Use of multi-response modelling to investigate mechanisms of β-carotene degradation in dried orange-fleshed sweet potato during storage: from carotenoids to aroma compounds. Food and Bioprocess Technology.

Baca, M., Läderach, P., Haggar, J., Schroth, G. and Ovalle, O. (2014) An integrated framework for assessing vulnerability to climate change and developing adaptation strategies for coffee growing families in Mesoamerica. PLOS ONE , 9 (2).

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

Read more for a full list of our latest publications.
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The Resource #23: 24/04/2014

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