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BBRSC’s funded institutes welcome Agri-Tech and Campuses investment

BBRSC’s funded institutes welcome Agri-Tech and Campuses investment - 22 July 2013. HM Govt

The Government's new Agricultural Technology Strategy, unveiled today, has been welcomed across BBRSC's strategically funded institutes, in particular those which are associated with the UK research and Innovation campuses, which received a £30M boost today announced alongside the new strategy.

Speaking about the new strategy Professor Dale Sanders, Director of the John Innes Centre, said: "The Eastern region is the agricultural and horticultural heart of the country. We want to see our internationally-recognised research fuelling innovation and economic growth in the UK and beyond bringing benefits to the environment and consumers."

While Mr Mario Caccamo, Acting Director of The Genome Analysis Centre, said: "Our computational and genomics data-driven approach to biology, and our enthusiasm to work with partners, places The Genome Analysis Centre in a position where it can contribute to the accelerated advances in modern agricultural research"

Further investment for four UK research and innovation campuses was also announced today for Aberystwyth Innovation and Diffusion Campus, Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, the Easter Bush Campus and Norwich Research Park.

Commenting on the new campus money from BBSRC, Stephen James, Associate Director, Operations at Rothamsted Research said: "I am delighted by this significant commitment from the Government to invest, not only in UK science but also into our local community…This will help support not only the local economy, but also has wider significance as we develop global technologies and play our part in delivering the UK growth strategy."

Also speaking about the funding, Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University said: "The new campus will enhance our joint working with business, including accommodating start-up companies, and allow us to offer interdisciplinary training."

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