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Meet the Beacon: Associate Prof Levi Yant

Levi Yant is an Associate Professor in Life Sciences and a member of the Future Food Beacon of Excellence. His research is focused on wild plant populations to understand how evolution finds solutions to significant environment and physiological challenges. Dr Yant uses innovative population genomic approaches to identify changes specific to adapted populations. This reveals …

Meet the Beacon: Prof Murray Lark

Murray Lark is Professor of Environmetrics and a member of the Future Food Beacon. Prof Lark is interested in spatial statistical models and their application to problems in sampling and experimental design and the analysis of data from large surveys.   Much of his work is concerned with understanding constraints on crop performance with respect to …

Future Proteins: Is it all crickets?

This post is written by Prof Andy Salter and Dr Lexi Earl. In October, a paper by Springmann and colleagues appeared in Nature setting out a rather bleak picture of the impact of future food production on the planet (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0594-0).  They concluded that by 2050, without mitigation, expected changes in population and income levels would …

Anatomics in Pearl Millet

We are excited to announce funding from The Royal Society 2018 International Collaboration Award scheme for the project entitled: ‘Anatomics in Pearl Millet: Improving yield and drought tolerance of a major dietary staple food in the Sahel’. This 3 year research project builds on the trans-disciplinary expertise of teams co-led by Prof Malcolm Bennett at …

The Food Innovation Centre at UoN

The Food Innovation Centre at the University of Nottingham is a unique space that works directly with food and drink businesses to tackle various challenges. Since beginning in April 2016 they have helped over 130 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) succeed in innovation challenges or create inventive new products. The small team, headed by Richard …

A brief history of Africville, Nova Scotia

In this blog post we discuss the origins of Africville, a community in Halifax, Canada. Exploring the history of Africville was part of the Geographies of Black Protest research project conducted by Dr Karen Salt, Bright Ideas Nottingham (a social enterprise based in Nottingham) and colleagues, funded by AHRC as part of the network funding …

Innovations in Agriculture and Food for Healthy Societies: Workshop Report

This post is written by the Future Food Beacon Nottingham Research Fellows, on their recent workshop in Shanghai. We are a multi-disciplinary team of early-career researchers based in the Schools of Biosciences, Computer Science and Physics at the University of Nottingham. We are all Research Fellows in the Future Food Beacon. Our research focuses on …

Welcome to the Future Food Blog!

Welcome to the Future Food Beacon Blog! This blog is where we will be writing about the research, activities, and events of the Future Food Beacon research cluster. The Future Food Beacon is one of six Beacons of Excellence that the University of Nottingham is investing in, in order to respond to a variety of …