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BBSRC and Global Food Security at CropWorld 2010, 1-3 November 2010

1 November 2010

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, many members of the BBSRC community will be attending CropWorld 2010 (formerly known as the BCPC Congress).

This is an international congress and exhibition for the sustainable crop production industry where BBSRC will be leading a Global Food Security exhibit in the Science Zone. Global Food Security is a multi-agency programme bringing together the food-related research interests of Research Councils, Executive Agencies and Government Departments. The exhibit will allow industry and other crop production research users to discuss how the programme partners are working together to maximise their effectiveness and impact in meeting the food security challenge.

On Tuesday, Maggie Gill, Chief Scientific Adviser - Rural Affairs and Environment, Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate, Scottish Government, will introduce the Global Food Security programme to delegates attending the Science and Technology stream during the morning session.

On Monday BBSRC Chief Executive, Professor Douglas Kell will take part in a discussion entitled "My big idea - how we can feed the world" where he will discuss food security related research alongside five other speakers from organisations and businesses with an interest in agri-food research.

Also on Monday, Professor Maurice Moloney, Director of Rothamsted Research (an institute of BBSRC) will speak in the session entitled "Promoting an enhanced global understanding of science and research" as part of an international panel. He will be speaking on the importance of strategic land use facilities in meeting the food security challenge.

Other speakers from the BBSRC research community will be giving talks in both the congress and exhibition throughout the three days and will be covering topics including soil biodiversity, insect pollinators, and controlling crop pests.

Professor Janet Allen, BBSRC Director of Research and Chair of the Global Food Security Programme Development Board said "This is a great opportunity for our research community to network and share knowledge with others who are interested in ensuring we have a sufficient food supply from agricultural crops in the future. It is vital that opportunities for publicly funded research to feed into products, practices and technologies that can meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population are taken and CropWorld brings many of the key people together in one place. An event like this has the potential to facilitate and enable important new relationships and collaborations and for that reason alone it is tremendously exciting."

ENDS

About BBSRC

BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.