2014

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January 2014

Is there a need for Golden Rice?

Golden Rice is a crop biofortified with higher levels of provitamin A developed using GM technology in 2000. Its development has been covered heavily in the news media. It was developed to address an issue of child mortality for areas which have a diet based on rice but which does not include important nutrients.

In order to understand the issues more fully, the Friends of John Innes Centre hosted a debate presenting different viewpoints to the question 'Is there a need for Golden Rice?'

Chair: Anna Hill, Presenter Radio 4 Farming Today

Professor Klaus Ammann, University of Bern

Sally Brooks, International Development Consultant

Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder and former leader, Canada

Patrick Mulvany, UK Food Group

For more on this event, including discussion points and further background information on Golden Rice. See our dedicated 'Is there a need for Golden Rice?' section.

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May 2014

Sugars: more than just calories

Sugars in various forms contribute more than half the calories of the human diet. They are essential sources of energy but also contribute substantially to obesity and the onset of diabetes.  Sugars are also central players in human susceptibility to infectious disease. But not all sugars are bad for you. 

The presentations at this event aimed to highlight research from across the Norwich Research Park that aims to understand and exploit the chemistry and biology of sugars for health and recreational purposes.

Dr Chris Peters, Sense About Science - Ask for Evidence Campaign

Rob Field, John Innes Centre - Introduction

Mike Rugen, John Innes Centre - Starch and brewing

Lousie Tailford, Institute of Food Research - Sugars and maintenance of a healthy GI tract

Maria Marin-Altaba, University of East Anglia - Point-of-care sugar sensors for flu

Rob Field, John Innes Centre - Bioengineering natural soaps

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October 2014

Science for Africa Campaign Launch

Science for Africa aims to raise agricultural productivity of small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa using the latest technologies and through training the future leaders of African science.

Under investment in African agriculture means that yields for small-holder farmers approximate the yields achieved in Europe in Roman times. Science for Africa has been established to support the sustainable improvement of African agricultural yields.

Featuring talks by Professors Dale Sanders and Giles Oldroyd.

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November 2014

The fight against antibiotic resistance

The introduction of antibiotics into clinical medicine in the 1940s revolutionised the treatment of infectious diseases, and was arguably the most important medical innovation of the 20th century. However, the emergence of antibiotic resistance, and frequently multi-drug resistance, in a broad range of human pathogens and the failure of the pharmaceutical industry to discover and develop sufficient new anti-infective treatments to counter this problem has led to the pospect of a devestating return to the pre-antibiotic era.

At this event, speakers from the John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia, and Institute of Food Research explored how Norwich Research Park science is tackling this problem in a number of different ways, including the isolation of new antibiotics from unusual sources, the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases, and the use of our own microbial flora to counter infections.

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