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Crop experts discuss climate change

30 March 2007

Some of the UK's leading crop scientists will be joining invited guests in Norwich next week to discuss how crop science could help the UK countryside to cope with the effects of climate change.

Researchers from the John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research, two sponsored institutes of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), will give short talks at a reception at The Forum in Norwich on Monday 2 April on crops and climate change. The talks will discuss ongoing research funded by BBSRC on how plants adapt to different climates, how energy crops could contribute to mitigating climate change and how the world needs to grow more food with less water in the future.

The talks, which will follow an introduction by Dr Ian Gibson, MP for Norwich North, follow on from a viewing for guests of the Crops for Climate Change exhibit on public display at The Forum. The exhibition highlights research from the John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research and the BBSRC-sponsored Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research. The exhibition is at The Forum as part of the prestigious Earth from the Air event being held in Norwich during March and April.

Professor Julia Goodfellow, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. Scientists at BBSRC-sponsored institutes have the plant and crop research expertise to help the UK to cope with a changing climate."

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Notes to editors

Earth from the Air is an outdoor exhibition of large scale aerial photographs of nature and culture, created by world famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. 120 flood-lit images are displayed throughout Norwich city centre during March and April 2007.

About John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre (JIC) is an independent, international research centre in plant science and microbiology. JIC carries out high quality fundamental, strategic and applied research, trains scientists and students, and collaborates with many other research laboratories.

About Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research is one of the largest agricultural research institutes in the UK. Research programmes include crop science, sustainable agriculture management, soil research and biodiversity conservation.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

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