Global Food Security News

A feed from Global Food Security on the latest news related to achieving sustainable and healthy food for all.


 

16 February 2017. How to be a successful pest: lessons from the green peach aphid – UK scientists, in collaboration with groups in Europe and the US, have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research programmes to support pest control and aid global food security.

15 February 2017. Professor Eleanor Riley appointed to lead The Roslin Institute – Professor Eleanor Riley has been appointed to head the prestigious Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, which receives strategic investment from BBSRC.

1 February 2017. Rothamsted Research granted permission by Defra to carry out field trial with GM wheat plants – Trial to test whether GM wheat plants photosynthesise more efficiently in the field for a higher yielding crop.

13 January 2017. Announcing BBSRC BRAVO: optimising the performance of Brassica crops – January 2017 sees the launch of a new 5-year project BBSRC Brassica, Rapeseed and Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO), funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

12 January 2017. Report highlights potential impact of environmental tipping points on food system – The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring the potential consequences for global food security.

14 December 2016. Report explores Paris-compliant healthy food systems – The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report considering healthy food systems that could function within the boundaries of the Paris Agreement, following a workshop in September 2016.

12 December 2016. GFS Policy Lab for early-career researchers on multi-functional landscapes – The Global Food Security (GFS) programme invites expressions of interest from early career researchers to take part in a Policy Lab on multi-functional landscapes.

13 October 2016. Global Food Security website disruptions – Due to essential maintenance, the Global Food Security (GFS) website, GFS blog and Gateway to Research (GtR) may be unavailable on Saturday 15 October 2016 between 08:30 and 11:00.

26 September 2016. 'Food System Resilience' Programme Coordination Award made to support knowledge exchange and translate research outputs – GFS and the ‘Food System Resilience’ programme partners are pleased to announce that Dr John Ingram and his team at the Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford have been awarded the programme coordination award.

4 August 2016. £9M funding to optimise UK food supply and tackle global food security – Five new interdisciplinary research projects have been awarded a portion of £9M to help increase the resilience of UK food systems. The projects integrate biological, environmental and social sciences to help ensure food security in the face of evolving worldwide markets, environmental and demographic changes, and threats posed by pests and diseases.