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May 2014

Bumblebees cannot detect natural nectar toxins

Professor Phil Stevenson has recently published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology, which is the first to reveal how bumblebees have poor taste perception for natural toxins in nectar and so may consume them unknowingly. The functional significance of nectar toxins is not yet fully understood, but they may have a negative impact on pollinator behaviour.

Strengthening NRI collaboration with the CGIAR Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Programme

NRI recently organised and hosted a Review and Planning Workshop for the project “Driving livelihood improvements through demand-oriented interventions for competitive production and processing of Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTBs)”. The project is one of several initiatives undertaken by members of the CGIAR Research Programme – Roots, Tubers and Bananas (CRP-RTB).

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Newly validated MSc in Food Innovation 

A new MSc programme in Food Innovation has been designed to provide food industry personnel with knowledge and understanding of key steps in the development and launch of new ingredients and products to contribute to healthy living and lifestyles. The newly validated programme will be offered on the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich from September 2014. 

Inaugural Lecture at NRI by Phil Stevenson - Sex, drugs and pest control - 6pm Wednesday 11th June, Medway Campus

Collaboration between UK and Mexican Researchers

A workshop entitled “Trends in modern biotechnology for agriculture, food industry and health: a bi-national perspective” was recently held in Mexico City with the purpose of creating links between UK and Mexican research institutions. The workshop was aimed at Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and several distinguished scientists gave presentations. Dr Aurélie Bechoff from NRI participated in the workshop and shared some of her recent research.  

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Communicating the IPCC findings

NRI's Professor John Morton has taken part in a variety of discussions and outreach events in Austrialia, Turkey and the UK concerning the findings from the Volume II, 'Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability', of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

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Fast Forward Master's Scheme - deadline fast approaching

The University's newly introduced Fast Forward Master's Scheme is fast approaching its deadline on 31st May. The scheme will financially and practically support high-performing UK graduates who wish to apply for NRI's MSc Food Safety and Quality Management or MSc Agriculture for Sustainable Development.

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Is consumer acceptance of root and tuber crops important?

Professor of Food Science, Keith Tomlins of NRI gave a special lecture on 17th May at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), India. In his lecture, Keith demonstrated how his collaborative research and development work with partners has focused on remaining in touch with the reality of life faced by millions in Africa and Asia.

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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
Job opportunities at NRI: 
  • Communications Specialist - Working with world-leading experts in agriculture and food issues, the Communications Specialist will be the focal point for NRI’s communication outreach work. Closing date: Wednesday 18 June 2014. Read more
  • Institute Director of Teaching and Learning/Professor - Joining the Management Team of the Institute and lead development of teaching and learning, they will lead the strategic development and delivery of high quality academic programmes. Closing date: Wednesday 18th June 2014. Read more
Latest publications from NRI:

Marr, A., Leon, J. and Ponce, F. (2014) Financial inclusion of the poor in Peru: Explanatory factors and determinant. Applied Econometrics and International Development, 14 (1). pp. 101-130.

Qin, W., Tang, S. and Cheke, R.A. (2014) The effects of resource limitation on a predator-prey model with control measures as nonlinear pulses. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2014:450935.

Sachdeva, P.S., Edmeades, G.O., Mumm, R.H., Rafalski, A. and Bennett, B. (2014) Report of the final external review of the Generation Challenge Programme. Technical Report. Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Rome, Italy.

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The Resource #24: 26/05/2014

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