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BRAVO: making UK crops more resilient

oil seed rapeProtecting the UK’s most valuable crops by making them more resilient is at the heart of a new five-year project, in which the School of Life Sciences will play a key role.

The Brassica, Rapeseed and Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO) project, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), aims to combat losses of Oilseed rape and Brassica vegetable crops by unravelling the processes that control key aspects of plant development.

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Food securityPublic Science Events:
Tuesday 7 February 'The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust Warwick Food Security Lecture Keeping plant pathogens at bay'. Register your place

Tuesday 2 May 'The Microbiome'

Free Public Science evening on 7 February 2017: 'The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust Warwick Food Security Lecture - keeping plant pathogens at bay'

Hosted by Professor Murray Grant, who took up the role of Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security in June 2016, the evening will include demonstrations and talks explaining how our research strives to keep our food secure from the threat of climate change via pest management, pollinators, and whole plant imaging. Register your place

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bronze.pngThe School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Bronze Award in 2013. This was renewed in April 2015 for a further three years.

"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all"
Head of School, Professor Laura Green.

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We are working with industrial partners and policy makers to understand the persistence of pollutants in soil and water to reduce their environmental impact.

Tracking Pollution

Reducing the impact of chemicals on the environment

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