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Artificial chromosome technology in the modification of plants

James A. Birchler from University of Missouri, Columbia gives an absorbing insight into research around the modification of plants for food crops

A roadmap of graphene on SiC

Rositsa Yakimova, of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) highlights the strides being made in graphene research
Biological Control Fire Ants

The hurdles of Biological Control to control the Red Imported Fire Ant.

Guadalupe Rojas, Juan. A. Morales-Ramos, Jian Chen, Michael Grodowitz, and Margaret Allen discuss the hurdles of Biological Control to control the Red Imported Fire Ant. The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, is one of the most successful invasive ants and it is regarded as one of the world’s worst invasive...
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Industrial biotechnology workshops start academia–industry collaborations

Profile by Alison Parkin, the University of York and Jon Lloyd, University of Manchester A key aim of the Metals in Biology network, one of thirteen UK government-funded Networks in Biotechnology and Bioenergy, is to bring together scientists from academia and industry to work together more effectively. With this remit,...
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Implementing Bioeconomy with Electrobiorefinery

Food, chemical and industrial sectors are challenged with the growing population, increasing longevity and quality of life. In consequence, the demand for fossils energy sources, agricultural land and drinking water what will lead to irreversible changes in climate with unpredictable consequences. A recent declaration of G7 leaders that in...

Arthropods in Biological Control

Arthropods are characterised by the presence of an exoskeleton and articulated legs. The phylum Arthropoda includes more than 80% of the known species with many of these being important agricultural pests. Arthropods, such as insects and mites, inflict billions of dollars in damage worldwide every year. Tons of pesticides...
Scientists develop blood test for bowel cancer

Scientists develop blood test for bowel cancer

A new blood test has been developed by scientists in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic that can detect bowel cancer. The research, which is being conducted by Randox Laboratories and scientists at Dublin City University (DCU), can detect bowel cancer in its earliest stages and is more accurate than...

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