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January 2017 sees the launch of a new 5-year project BBSRC Brassica, Rapeseed and Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO), funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Oilseed rape and Brassica vegetable crops have a combined UK market value in excess of £1Bn, but suffer yearly losses of up to £230M, primarily due to increasingly unfavourable and unpredictable weather patterns.


The Global Food Security (GFS) programme published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring potential consequences for global food security. The report was unveiled at a Parliamentary event held Wednesday 11 January attended by MPs, policy-makers, leading industry figures, researchers and funding agencies.


Today BBSRC has announced a total of 13 projects to be funded through the Newton Fund's UK-China-Thailand-Philippines-Vietnam Sustainable Rice Programme, across a range of research areas, to underpin the long-term sustainable production of rice. Rice is the staple food of over half the world's population. It is the predominant dietary energy source for 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific, 9 countries in North and South America and 8 countries in Africa.


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