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The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics, a global leader in animal breeding, have established a research agreement to improve the sustainability of animal production. Researchers will focus on driving innovations that lead to greater disease resistance in farmed animals and better selective breeding programmes.

Kx Systems (Kx) has been chosen by Earlham Institute (EI) as their technology partner for a new project which will revolutionise research into bioinformatics and promote a sustainable bioeconomy. Ji Zhou, Project Leader, and his colleagues at EI are planning to develop and embed the latest machine-learning algorithms, including deep learning techniques in Kx’s platform, to create predictive models for studying crop growth patterns and agricultural tactics.

Surprising discovery sheds new light on Betty-the-crow’s iconic wire-bending feat. Biologists at the University of St Andrews have observed astonishing tool-manufacture behaviour in wild New Caledonian crows, which may mean that textbooks on animal intelligence will have to be rewritten, according to a paper published in Royal Society Open Science.