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Food security news from 2013

December

Scientists reveal mechanism to combat Turnip mosaic virus  news

A new tool in the fight against bee parasite  press release

Crop-infecting virus forces aphids to spread disease  press release

Octocopter to monitor crops  press release

November

Profile of a honey bee killer  news

Poultry probiotic's coat clues to ability to battle bugs  press release

Crop plants – "green factories" for fish oils  press release

The emergence of new crop pests: genetics in action  press release

£13M India-UK collaboration in farmed animal health and disease  BBSRC press release

New chromosome map points the way through Campylobacter's genetic controls  news

Improved ways of testing meat in the food chain  news

October

BBSRC funding helps Scottish beekeepers map honeybee health  news

Researchers show how plants tell the time  BBSRC press release

Disease found on common wild grass affects barley crops  press release

Multi-million pound boost for innovation in agricultural technology  news

Stress linked to bee colony failure  press release

Wheat defence against Septoria: two genes in the front line  press release

September

Minister launches research centre with bird welfare at its heart  press release

British baked bean bid  press release 

The science behind the super broccoli  press release

Promiscuity and sperm selection improves genetic quality in birds  press release

August

UK & USA scientists collaborate to design crops of the future  BBSRC press release

Chick prebiotics could be key to better gut health in flocks  BBSRC press release

Cut grass smell is key to healthier dairy products  press release

Urban meadows planted to promote pollinators  press release

BBSRC and The Scottish Government announce £3M to fund research into some of the world's most important crops  BBSRC press release

BBSRC Bee Science on BBC Horizon  news

July

Eating broccoli retunes metabolism  press release

'Bacterial raincoat' found to protect bacteria from the environment  press release

Secret of plant geometry revealed  press release 

€10.5M call for food security and land-use research launched  news

New timeline showcases Research Council investment in agri-science  news

BBSRC welcomes UK Agricultural Technology Strategy  BBSRC press release

Why crop rotation works  press release

A wet year? Nearly 1 billion litres of rain fell on UK research centre in 2012  press release

Calculator counts the cost of pig disease  news

Discovery of a gene that controls black-grass resistance offers prospect of better weed control  news

£400,000 to build mutant potato 'library'  BBSRC press release

Breeding better British strawberries  BBSRC press release

June

Trehalose - a sugar for all seasons  press release

Plants do sums to get through the night  press release

BBSRC, Rothamsted Research and John Innes join forces at Cereals 2013  news

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to plant autumn-sown wheat as part of its GM field trial  news

The worrying emergence of insecticide resistance in crop pests  press release

Major funding for research into predicting the health and welfare of dairy cows  press release

Funding to help understand soil's key role in global food security  BBSRC press release

To germinate, or not to germinate, that is the question  press release

Red oilseed rape signals STOP! to pollen beetle infestation  press release

May

Advice for future wheat research published  news

Unkempt land could benefit farmers  press release

Chelsea gold for 'Food for the Future' exhibit  news

The world's favourite fruit only better-tasting and longer-lasting  press release

An international vision for wheat improvement  BBSRC press release 

Reducing the environmental impacts of fertiliser use  news

Wheat breeding science offers greater yields  press release

Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack  news

H7N9: A novel influenza virus  news

April

New grass hybrid could help reduce the likelihood of flooding  BBSRC press release

Breeding better beer  feature

Pig disease that costs millions targeted by genetic study  BBSRC press release

Higher levels of healthy compound in Beneforté broccoli  news

Midges tracked by new Indian Bluetongue Vector Network  video 

Breeding better chickens website launched  news

What lives inside a chicken?  feature 

Crop genomics and technologies – update to call  news

March

Appetite genes are key to better diets for poultry, study shows  press release

New foot-and-mouth vaccine signals huge advance in global disease control  press release

Pesticide combination affects bees' ability to learn  BBSRC press release

Poultry probiotic cuts its coat to beat bad bacteria  press release

International call for crop improvement projects launched  news

Pig wasting syndrome costing farmers millions  BBSRC press release

Rothamsted Research submits application for extension of GM wheat trial  news

Quality fish from lab to plate  press release

Plants let chloroplasts know the time  press release

An insect model for Schmallenberg virus replication  press release

New study hopes to reduce bone fractures in laying hens  press release

New poultry research facilities  BBSRC press release

Bees get a buzz from caffeine  press release

Livestock research initiative has greater sustainability goal  press release

Sci-fi facilities for UK plant science  feature 

February

Crowdsourcing killer outbreaks  feature 

Planting wildflowers on farmland helps spiders  news

Under the bar: acrylamide and food safety  feature

January

The need to feed programmes Campylobacter's 'Sat Nav'  press release

War report: fighting armyworms  feature 

Friendly bacteria show key role in "priming" plant defences  press release

European strategy to tackle great challenges of agriculture and food security under climate change  news

Using their genes against them: fighting insect pests with genetic targeting  feature

The cannibalistic foreign slug which could threaten UK crops and biodiversity  feature

BBSRC invests in future of livestock genomics  news