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The future of global agriculture, the ability of plants to adapt to a changing climate, and issues of antibiotic resistance are just some of the areas being discussed by participants in an online community designed to input into a strategy for publically-funded science. The John Innes Centre, one of the UK’s leading research institutes in plant science and microbiology, is seeking public views as it considers a new five-year research cycle.


BBSRC-funded scientists at the University of York and scientists at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective painkillers. The discovery, published in the latest issue of Science, reveals the long-sought-after gene that is seen as a critical gateway step in the synthesis of the morphinan class of alkaloids, which include the painkiller drugs morphine and codeine.


The results of the GM wheat field trial held by Rothamsted Research in 2012-2013 are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports today. The data show that the GM wheat did not repel aphid pests in the field as was hypothesised and was initially seen in laboratory experiments conducted by scientists at the institute.


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