Life Sciences News
Dr Liz Fullam discusses TB research at Buckingham Palace
On 23rd June, Dr Liz Fullam was invited to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea as a Sir Henry Dale fellow. The event, organised by the Royal Society, enabled newly appointed fellows to meet with his Royal Highness the Duke of York. HRH kindly hosted the event, giving him the opportunity to find out more about the research of some of our best young scientists. Liz met HRH and spoke about her work on tuberculosis (TB) and the importance of finding new drugs and diagnostics for this disease.
SLS Seminar - Friday 26 June 2015
This week's speaker is Professor Heribert Hirt, Director for the Center of Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
Time: 12:45 to 1:45
Location: GLT2, Gibbet Hill Campus
Seminar Title: 'Lessons from the good and the evil in plant microbe interactions'
If you are external to the University and would like to attend, or have any queries, please contact Dr Jen Whale at J.Whale@warwick.ac.uk
Nationwide oilseed rape survey indicates high levels of TuYV infection this season
Results from a nationwide survey on oilseed rape indicate a high incidence of Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV) in parts of England this year. Dr John Walsh, who led the research on behalf of seed breeder Limagrain UK, presented his findings at the Cereals 2015 event held in Lincolnshire 10 -11 June 2015.
‘Levels of infection are much higher than they have been for the past few seasons, with crops in parts of Yorkshire as much as 92% infected. Generally these hotspots are where you would expect them to be due to the large areas of oilseed rape being grown locally.'
TuYV is thought to be the most damaging of all viruses transmitted in brassica crops, yet least understood. Carried by the peach-potato aphid, it results in yield losses and tipburn after storage. Dr Walsh believes that the high incidences of infection have come about as a result of the high numbers of aphids flying last year.
'Last winter was mild and there were high levels of peach-potato aphid, leading to very high levels of the virus.'
Changing perceptions of Britain from the Mesolithic to Neolithic age
The Mesolithic-to-Neolithic transition marked a profound change in human society as a hunter-gatherer economy gave way to agriculture and the development of complex societies. In Northern Europe, this coincided with rising sea levels which cut Britain off from the continental mainland.
Professor Robin Allaby explains his new research which challenges the traditional evaluation of the development of early British man.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has rapidly become the deadliest since the discovery of the virus. But what do we really know about this deadly disease? Ahead of his Cheltenham Science Festival lecture at the Winton Crucible on Thursday 4th June, Virologist Professor David Evans explores a little of the history and biology of Ebola.
Researchers have been awarded over £1.3m to research food security
Researchers from the University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences (SLS) have been awarded over £1.36m in grants to further their work into food security.
The BBSRC Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI) grants include substantial cash and in-kind contributions from industrial partners and will be used to support work into how to improve pest and disease control and post-harvest quality.
Commenting on the grants Professor Laura Green, Head of SLS, said:
“The BBSRC HAPI grants will help ensure that the University of Warwick’s School Life Sciences continues to play a leading role in improving food production globally. The Warwick HAPI-funded projects will result in substantial impacts on the horticulture industry by translating research findings into solutions that benefit several stages in the food supply chain, including farmers, processors and retailers.”