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Planting of biomass crops in arable farmland can increase landscape-level biodiversity to support ecosystem function and resilience a study at the BBSRC strategically funded institute Rothamsted Research has found. Non-food, perennial biomass, crops such as willows and miscanthus, can contribute to the reduction of CO2 and play a role in mitigation against climate change.
Professor Jackie Hunter will step down from her role as Chief Executive of BBSRC to take up an opportunity as Chief Executive of the artificial intelligence and drug discovery firm, Stratified Medical. Prof Hunter will remain in post until the end of February 2016 and will lead BBSRC during the process of allocating Research Council budgets following last week’s Spending Review.
CRISPR gene-editing is allowing rapid scientific advances in many fields, including human health and now it has been shown that crop research can also benefit from this latest exciting technology. A team of scientists from the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory (UK), have shown that the very latest gene-editing technology CRISPR, can be used to make targeted changes or edits to specific genes in two UK crops, a broccoli-like brassica and barley, and that these edits are preserved in subsequent generations.