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22nd October 2015

Find out more about broccoli

Sunday’s BBC Countryfile programme on October 25 includes a feature on a variety of broccoli bred to contain higher levels of a compound called glucoraphanin. This broccoli, called Beneforté, is now being grown commercially in the UK and around the world and is available...

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16th October 2015

Would you like food poisoning with that?

It’s not a side order most of us would choose, yet over a million people in the UK suffer from some form of food poisoning each year. Arnoud van Vliet from IFR’s Food Safety Centre, gave the latest IFR Public Lecture last month. His...

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12th October 2015

Yeast treasure-trove goes live

A new project is sequencing the genomes of a collection of yeast strains, to help unlock the great biodiversity within yeasts to produce biofuels and other chemicals more sustainably. The UK National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) is a world-leading biological resource, maintaining and...

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23rd September 2015

New EU project to reduce food waste begins

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is a key partner in the new EU funded multinational research project that will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025. Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain (REFRESH) is an EU Horizon 2020...

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5th August 2015

IFR Success at the UK National Institutes of Bioscience 2015 conference

Aline Metris and colleagues at the Institute of Food Research and The Genome Analysis Centre recently won second prize in the National Institutes of Bioscience (NIB) Conference poster session. Their poster described SalmoNet – a genome wide network of interactions between proteins in Salmonella...

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27th July 2015

Planning permission granted for new centre for food and health

Planning permission has been granted by South Norfolk Council for a new food and health research building on the Norwich Research Park. The building will house a new centre for food and health, which will bring together the Institute of Food Research (IFR) with...

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17th July 2015

SACN report advises we reduce sugar and increase fibre

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on carbohydrates and health represents the biggest and most comprehensive review of the science linking these, and its findings are clear. In order to maintain better health, most people should reduce the amount of sugar in...

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15th July 2015

‘Selfish’ bacteria link IBD and gut microbiota changes

The discovery of unusual foraging activity in bacteria species populating our gut may explain how conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) link to changes in the populations of gut bacteria. IBD affects 1 in every 250 people in the UK, but its causes are...

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3rd July 2015

The heat is on for the Chilli ME Challenge

Feeling hot? You might start feeling even hotter if you take up the Chilli M.E. Challenge. Started by four girls from Ireland, UK and USA, the aim is to spread awareness and raise funds for biomedical research for myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) /chronic fatigue syndrome...

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24th June 2015

Reducing the risk of foodborne disease in Tanzania’s meat

IFR is a partner in a project that is helping reduce the risk of foodborne disease in Tanzania’s meat supply chain. Here, IFR’s Dr Gary Barker blogs about the need for such a project, as highlighted by the news of meat shortages prompted over...

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