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The first ever Britain-wide assessment of the value of wild flowers as food for pollinators shows that decreasing resources mirror the decline of pollinating insects, providing new evidence to support the link between plant and pollinator decline. In recent years, there have been considerable concerns over threats to wild bees and other insect pollinators which are vital to the success of important food crops and wild flowers.

Excessive rain can be a nuisance, but for agriculture and our economy, it can be a crisis. Excessive rain creates excessive run-off, and very important things are simply washed away – damaging the land.

The BBSRC-supported Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) has revised its Strategic Research Agenda, to set out clear research priorities on agriculture, food security and climate change in Europe. Europe has to meet a triple societal challenge of jointly ensuring food security, adaptation to climate change impacts and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions – both for its own food security but also for its global responsibility.