Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow

Genetic breakthrough: Crops use more sunlight to grow

A genetic technique makes plants produce more food from sunlight – a key step in feeding the growing global population, scientists say. Read more about the breakthrough work led by Lead Researcher Professor Steve Long of Lancaster and Illinois University here


N8 Agrifood set to collaborate with Chinese counterparts on agriculture research.

N8 Agrifood set to collaborate with Chinese counterparts on agriculture research.

N8 Agrifood moves closer to collaboration with China

N8 AgriFood leaders have been investigating areas of research collaboration with Chinese counterparts during a UK Department of Trade and Industry-led delegation to the China Agricultural Fair (CAF) in Yangling.

Professor Katherine Denby, (Academic Director) Jonathan Oxley, (Operations & Business Development Director), both at the University of York and Professor Steven Banwart, (Head of International Engagement) at the University of Leeds were guests of the UK Embassy and FCO Science and Innovation Network (SIN) in China.


Major new water solutions programme to benefit the Yorkshire economy by £50 million

Major new water solutions programme to benefit the Yorkshire economy by £50 million

A new £6 million project led by the University of Leeds is predicted to bring a £50 million benefit to the Yorkshire economy by reducing the costs and impact of water-related threats to the region.

Bringing together partners from across the region and using existing research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the team will look to join up ways of improving water quality, resilience to floods and droughts, carbon storage and biodiversity.


Where next for discussions on household food insecurity in the UK?

Where next for discussions on household food insecurity in the UK?

N8 AgriFood’s Professor Jason Halford, Theme Leader for Improved Consumption and Health, is researching the impact of growing instances of household food insecurity in the UK and beyond. At Sheffield University, Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (Speri) is also focusing on food insecurity, the rise of emergency food provision in the UK and the human right to food. Read more about this important topic on Hannah’s ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) blog.


N8 University co-authors WHO report on digital food marketing to children

N8 University co-authors WHO report on digital food marketing to children

Dr Emma Boyland, Lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, has co-authored the new WHO report entitled: Tackling food marketing to children in a digital world: trans-disciplinary perspectives

The 30 page report investigates children’s rights, evidence of impact, methodological challenges,
regulatory options and policy implications for the WHO European Region

Download full report here 


N8 chair says Northern voices vital in innovation policy-making

N8 chair says Northern voices vital in innovation policy-making

Newly appointed N8 chair, Professor Koen Lamberts delivered the keynote address to an audience of MPs, government department officials and leading academics at a specially convened reception at the Houses of Parliament. He began by underlining the strength of the North’s research and innovation base, which has world class assets and expertise in academic, research centres and business.


N8 AgriFood Launch 2016: One Network, Many Solutions

N8 AgriFood Launch 2016: One Network, Many Solutions

For companies, both currently within the food supply chain and those with an ambition to grow new business in the sector, N8 AgriFood provides a single portal for industry to access not only the greatest concentration of agri-food academic expertise in the UK, but also major food producers and processors, retailers, farmers, government, investors and public health and nutrition specialists. This forum is a unique opportunity for industry to explore at first hand the real the potential for collaborative new projects and solutions to the major food, supply chain and agritech challenges. Programme coming soon


Sustainable food isn’t only about new technology.

Sustainable food isn’t only about new technology.

Professor Mark Reed’s is the first professorial appointment funded by the programme. Mark believes that much of the current work on sustainable food production under-emphasises the potential trade-offs with other services that landscapes provide for us, and would like to redress this through his research.


Communicating better about food – seminars in Leeds

Communicating better about food - seminars in Leeds

Dr Gulbanu Kaptan, Dr Nicola Bown and Professor Wandi Bruine de Bruin are delighted to invite you to attend the fifth meeting in the ESRC Seminar Series on Food Options, Opinions and Decisions (FOOD): Communicating better about food.   The seminar will take place on Thursday 14 April 2016, 12.45 – 5pm at Leeds University Business School, Leeds, LS2 9JT.