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Today the BBSRC strategically funded John Innes Centre has announced a potential breakthrough in broccoli production that will aid in UK food resilience and global food security. Scientists at JIC are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of supply, as growers would no longer be reliant on seasonal weather conditions.


Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds. The advance – using gene-editing techniques – could help to boost breeding of endangered birds, as well as improving production of commercial hens, researchers say.


Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered why a lethal superbug is so resistant to the last line antibiotic meaning potential treatments could now be developed to fight the killer infection. The research carried out by Professor Jose Bengoechea, Director at the Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, and his team unveiled the molecular mechanisms preventing the treatment of klebsiella pneumonia.


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