Biotech Updates

Crop Science Projects Drive Benefits for Farming, Food Security and UK Economy

December 3, 2010

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Crop Science Initiative was set up to fund new research in plant science and plant genetics in the UK on the development of new varieties that support sustainable agriculture and to address various agricultural problems. The involvement of the industries was a key feature of the research strategy.

Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive said "Partnerships with industry open opportunities to realize the potential of excellent crop science research, such as the projects funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative. Such collaborations between academic researchers and industry will support the development of commercial crop varieties as well as new practices and policies for arable farming."

Some of the projects that were funded by the £13.3M grant were the development of breeding strategies for resistance of potato to late blight and nematode, as well as the development of virus resistance in turnips and cabbages.

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