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Today marks the launch of an assessment of evidence on the contribution of, and growth opportunities in, the bioeconomy in the United Kingdom. The bioeconomy includes all economic activity derived from bio-based products and processes such as the production of crops or the manufacture of the latest bio-based medical therapies.
The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is one of the most valuable fruit crops in the world with an annual global value in excess of $50Bn. We eat so many they also play an important role in our diet providing valuable vitamins, minerals and health promoting phytochemicals.
A £4M investment between BBSRC and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in wheat research. The funding (£2M from the Newton Fund delivered through BBSRC, with matched resources from Embrapa) has been awarded to four partnerships between the UK and Brazil.