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BBSRC’s Animal Health Research Club (ARC) has announced over £6M of funding for research to improve the health of livestock. Eight studies will take place at institutions around England and Scotland in farmed fish, poultry, sheep, pigs and cattle to understand and combat pervasive and costly diseases in these species which cost UK farmers millions of pounds a year.

Over 70 businesses and universities from across the UK will share £16M from BBSRC, government and industry to develop 25 innovative business ideas and boost UK agriculture. The 25 projects, worth £16M with £9.8M from government and £6.2M from industry, form the third round of funding to be distributed through the £70M Agri-Tech Catalyst, announced as part of the UK Industrial Strategy for Agricultural Technologies.

Scientists at Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) have proved that growing lupins provides a viable alternative source of soya-grade protein for animal and fish feeds in the UK. This is the conclusion of the three year LUKAA research project (Lupins in UK Agriculture and Aquaculture) funded by 10 industry partners and co-funded by Innovate UK and the BBSRC.