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Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, which could lead to collapses in wild bee populations, according to new research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Guelph have found that exposure to thiamethoxam, a common pesticide, reduced the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter.


Preserving the natural structure of plant-based food during processing can limit the amount of fat and energy absorbed by the body, a new study in the Journal of Functional Foods reports. During this innovative multi-centred study researchers from the Quadram Institute, King’s College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Messina showed that preserving the natural structure of plant based foods can limit how quickly fats are exposed to digestive enzymes in the stomach helping to regulate the amount of fat absorbed by the body. 


A new strategic framework for tackling Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) launched today which will help researchers and stakeholders understand the key priorities within BBSRC’s agriculture and food security portfolio. Agriculture and food security are both of economic importance to the UK and globally, and are a strategic priority for BBSRC to ensure the sustainable production of sufficient, safe, nutritious and affordable food to supply the world's growing population.


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