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BBSRC’s Science Director, Professor Melanie Welham, has outlined how bioscience can address future challenges in health in an interview with Business Reporter. She explains that while the UK has an ageing population, average healthspan is not extending at the same rate as lifespan.

Seaweed isn’t technically a plant, but it does have some serious plant power. Scientists have found a way to use seaweed to tackle obesity.

Intensive farming practices such as larger herd size, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has concluded. A study by the University of Exeter, funded by BBSRC and published in the Royal Society journal Biological Letters, analysed data from 503 farms which have suffered a TB breakdown alongside 808 control farms in areas of high TB risk.