Welcome from Dale; Winter 2020-2021

The past nine months have shown what can be achieved when research is focused on overcoming a global challenge

The urgent need for a COVID-19 vaccine was met by science, technology and healthcare, and the collaborative research and clinical response across academia and industry has proven that the UK is a powerhouse for bio-science.

These innovations, the fundamental research they are founded on and the collaborations that brought them to life have shown us that there should be no limit to our ambitions. Our new vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, outlines three global challenges for which plant and microbial science research can provide innovative solutions.

In this edition of Advances we focus our attention on human health, a topic that has very much been on everyone’s minds in 2020 

Healthy People is a pillar of our HP3 vision, and it is the pillar that is perhaps most surprising to see from a plant and microbial research institute.

However, we have a long history of linking the work we do in plants to human health, and our microbial research has had significant impacts in the world of healthcare.

To get closer to this work we have featured some of our research that is working to make our lives more healthy, both here in the UK and around the globe.

From the challenge to find new antibiotics in the face of anti-microbial resistance, to providing safe, nutritious food to feed a growing global population.

We also feature some of our efforts to ensure staff and students are healthy and happy at work; this is part of our commitment to creating a positive environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

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