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10 new interdisciplinary projects have today received a share of £3M to improve the sustainability of UK farming. The funding was awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) alongside 12 industry partners.


The Earlham Institute (EI) builds upon their National Capability in Genomics by adding a state-of-the-art DNA Foundry for Synthetic Biology to their world-leading advanced suite of sequencing technologies. Synthetic biology is a ground-breaking field of research that applies engineering principles to biology and biotechnology.


The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics, a global leader in animal breeding, have established a research agreement to improve the sustainability of animal production. Researchers will focus on driving innovations that lead to greater disease resistance in farmed animals and better selective breeding programmes.


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