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BBSRC at Royal Show 2009

7 July 2009

BBSRC, the UK’s largest funder of agriculture and food related research, will have a significant presence at the Royal Show 2009 for the iconic agricultural show’s last ever event this week, 7-10 July. BBSRC will be highlighting current activities to avoid a food security crisis, and to boost the green economy through sustainable bioenergy, while the Institute for Animal Health will be running daily sessions on the threat posed by Bluetongue.

BBSRC will have two separate exhibition stands – one highlighting BBSRC and Food Security and the other the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre.

The BBSRC and Food Security exhibit, at Stand 8 in the Global Science and Business Centre, gives visitors the chance to find out how they can contribute to shaping the future of food security science. BBSRC is leading a consultation on behalf of the UK Research Councils on research relating to the sustainable production, supply and consumption of food both for UK needs and more widely in an international context of global food security. The exhibit – and a seminar on 7 July at 12pm – will explain how every stakeholder can have their say.

The BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre was launched in early 2009 and represents the UK’s single biggest public investment in developing sustainable bioenergy. An exhibit at stand 12 on Avenue J at the Royal Show will give visitors the chance to learn how the BBSRC researchers are aiming to overcome bottlenecks in the production of next generation bioenergy to make energy derived from waste or non-edible parts of plants a reality.

The Institute for Animal Health (IAH), an institute of BBSRC, is providing practical advice to UK farmers throughout the four days of the Royal Show about the threat of the changing bluetongue situation and how to deal with it. Visitors wanting to find out more can drop by Stand 11 in the Global Science and Business Centre or join IAH experts every day at 1pm in the Centre’s meeting room for an hour long seminar.

IAH will also be running schools’ activities during the Royal Show in the Education Village.

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Notes to editors

The Royal Show is the UK’s leading agricultural show and is organised and presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

Royal Show 2009 takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, 7-10 July. The Royal Agricutural Society of England has announced that 2009 will be the last year of the Royal Show.

For information about the BBSRC-led consultation on research for food security please see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/consultations

For information about the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre please see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/bsbec

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 £450M 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. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.

The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research are Institutes of BBSRC. The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.

For more information see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk

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