// Archives

How to feed the mission to Mars, a talk by Dr Michele Perchonok

In December, the University of Nottingham Division of Food Science, and the Future Food Beacon were pleased to host Dr Michele Perchonok, current president of IFT, to a lecture on the question of feeding the mission to Mars. In this blog post, third year PhD candidate, James Huscroft, reflects on her talk and the logistics …

Innovation Challenge: Reflections and Project Announcements

The focus of the Future Food Beacon is to find solutions to the twinned challenges of enough nutritious food for the planet under changing and increasingly testing conditions; and providing foods that reduce diseases of affluence, like diabetes and obesity. Our focus runs along two themes: agricultural resilience, and food for health and healthy ageing. We …

CEPHaS: understanding soil water and its potentials for agriculture

Conservation agriculture (CA) is a set of practices which have been proposed to improve the resilience and sustainability of crop production, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where food security is endangered by the increasing frequency and intensity of drought seasons under climate change.  In CA, the structure of the soil is not disturbed by cultivation, …

An Interview with Dr David Gopaulchan, Visiting Research Fellow, Future Food Beacon

Dr David Gopaulchan is a postdoctoral researcher in the molecular lab at the Cocoa Research Centre, University of the West Indies. He recently completed four months as a Future Food Beacon Visiting Research Fellow, working with colleagues in Biosciences to sequence over 250 varieties of cocoa bean in order to establish if there are genes …

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 …

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 …