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.


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 AgriFood success in STFC funding award

N8 AgriFood success in STFC funding award

N8 AgriFood has won a £0.6M Food Security Network funded by STFC funding small scoping studies (up to £8,000) and proof of concept studies (up to £40,000) across the sector to address agri-food challenges from farm to fork. The Network is led by Prof Sarah Bridle from Manchester University with N8 AgriFood, and Co-Investigators from across the N8 Universities. The network will use champions, factsheets and site visits to establish a broad open membership ,


New N8 Research part of WWF Living Planet report

New N8 Research part of WWF Living Planet report

 

Development of research linked to SEI’s Producer to Consumer Initiative and the University of York’s IKnowFood project.

On 27 October WWF published its biennial Living Planet Report for 2016. The Living Planet Report is a review of the health of the living environment (including the “Living Planet Index”) along with analysis of the environmental pressures imposed by human activity. A section in the 2016 report is written by SEI’s Chris West and Simon Croft,