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Bristol Researchers to gain from BBSRC’s £250 million investment in UK Biosciences.

25 May 2012

Researchers within the School of Biological Sciences are set to gain from the BBSRC’s recent announcement that it is to invest £250 million in UK Bioscience.

Researchers within the School of Biological Sciences are set to gain from the BBSRC’s recent announcement that it is to invest £250 million in UK Bioscience. As part of the award for wheat prebreeding, Professor Keith Edwards and Dr Gary Barker will use advanced genotyping technologies to broaden the wheat gene pool to include improved resistance to diseases and insects, greater tolerance to drought, salt and heat, and enhanced yield. The research project which is coordinated by Professor Graham Moore at the John Innes Centre and which includes researchers from Rothamsted, NIAB and the University of Nottingham will focus on bridging the gap between publicly-funded plant science and private breeding companies. The seed and genetic information, such as genetic markers for precision breeding, will be stored centrally at JIC’s Germplasm Resource Unit but all seed and information will be free of patents and available to breeders and researchers worldwide.

The announcement is part of £250M of strategic investment by BBSRC to ensure the UK’s bioscience research base remains globally competitive.

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