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Edition 33 – April 2016
Spring news at NRI

The April edition of The Resource is in tune with nature here at NRI in Medway, UK, blooming with news from our community. We celebrate a prestigious honour for an NRI professor, highlighting a lifetime of pioneering work and exceptional contribution to agriculture. We invite our readers to attend a popular event on Integrated Pest Management and natural pest control technology, and to apply for our latest job opportunity. We take a look down the microscope at our ground-breaking research into two mosquito species spreading dangerous diseases, recall NRI engagements in China, and finally, we remember the life and work of a valued collaborator.
NRI Professor awarded France’s prestigious Order of Agricultural Merit

Professor John Porter, internationally renowned scientist in crop ecology and physiology, biological modelling and agricultural ecology, has been made a Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit – France’s highest accolade in the area of agriculture – which is given to people who have made exceptional contributions to agriculture via theory, innovation or practice.
Biopesticide use and the environment: free event at Greenwich sparking innovation

Biopesticides are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and can be cheaper and more effective than chemical pesticides. They’re also big business, with the biopesticide market predicted to exceed USD 6 billion by 2020. Growth in this sector is reflected in the growing popularity of the free Greenwich Biopesticide Event, which brings together members of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and biopesticide technology community to share opinions, challenges and opportunities. Read more and sign up for the 4th Annual Biopesticide Event, to be held on Thursday 28th April 2016 at the University of Greenwich, London.
Exciting opportunity for Crop Postharvest Scientist at NRI – apply today

Are you passionate about food security, economic growth, reducing postharvest losses and tackling global food waste? Do you have the vision and experience to join collaborative work on improving crop postharvest management of food supply chains for better food availability and quality? If you are keen to develop skills in a range of postharvest fields and apply them to practical developmental problems through research, consultancy and teaching, then apply for this post today.
Bacteria hold vital clues to malaria mosquito’s movements: NRI researcher’s findings published

To catch a killer, you have to understand it, and know its movements. Malaria is particularly deadly, killing 450,000 people a year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is spread by mosquitoes including Anopheles gambiae. To eradicate malaria, we must know more about An. gambiae, in order to develop effective methods of control. A novel study published recently in Scientific Reports shows that bacteria found all over the mosquito contain vital clues about a mosquito’s origins and daily movements.
NRI leads project to tackle mosquito transmitting dengue and Zika

Aedes aegypti is the name of the mosquito species behind the headlines on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. This species of mosquito is also responsible for transmitting dengue, the world's fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease, and other deadly diseases such as yellow fever and chikungunya. NRI researchers are embarking on a three-year project to understand more about this mosquito species, and to ultimately develop solutions to control their spread.
NRI in China: growing roots, tubers and partnerships

At the beginning of the year, NRI embarked on a series of engagements in China, including involvement in the First World Congress on Root and Tubers Crops and the signing of a number of agreements with Chinese Research Institutes and Universities.
NRI pays tribute to valued collaborator

Dr Corinne Alexander was a well-known and well-respected agricultural economist and grain marketing extension specialist at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. NRI staff who knew Corinne were shocked to hear of her sudden death in January 2016, and deeply saddened to lose such a valued collaborator and friend.
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