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Palaeobenchmarking Resilient Agricultural Systems (PalaeoRAS) – by Prof. Matt Jones

Professor Matthew Jones heads up the Palaeobenchmarking Resilient Agricultural Systems (PalaeoRAS) project. The project comprises 10 researchers and over 20 academic staff across 5 Schools at the University of Nottingham. PalaeoRAS is funded by the Future Food Beacon through its Innovation Challenge programme. The PalaeoRAS project and its aims PalaeoRAS seeks to understand how plants …

Root growth in a complex microbiome – Dr Gabriel Castrillo’s paper in nature

This blog celebrates the achievement of our very own Dr. Gabriel Castrillo in becoming co-first author on a paper in the leading journal, nature. Everybody at The Future Food Beacon takes delight in seeing Gabriel’s work going from strength to strength. His new paper is called A single bacterial genus maintains root growth in a …

How can the winged bean improve our futures? An interview with Chong Yuet Tian

Tian is a Future Food Beacon Malaysia PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Festo Massawe, Dr. Hui Hui Chai and Dr. Ajit Singh. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science before joining University of Nottingham Malaysia to research genetic improvement of crop plants, especially minor and underutilised crops. She is currently researching winged …

Crops for the future: the case of the winged bean – by Chong Yuet Tian

Future Food Beacon researchers in Malaysia and the UK are working with partners globally to utilise crop diversity to plug gaps in food production. We aim to address nutrition security challenges by making a diverse range of healthy food crops available and accessible to all. In addition to the flagship project on Bambara groundnut, Future …

Foodprint: how to embed a social enterprise in the community – by Isabel Corlett

Foodprint  is proud to have set up Nottingham’s first social supermarket, led entirely by University of Nottingham students. Foodprint also serves as a food redistribution network.   Foodprint has rightly garnered favourable media coverage for its innovative and impactful work both before and during the Covid 19 crisis of 2020. However, it would not have been able to carry out this work if it had not already succeeded …

Resistance to disease in tropical crops – an interview with Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan

Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan (‘Uma’) is the Director of the Cocoa Research Centre, University of the West Indies. The Future Food Beacon is proud to welcome him as an Honorary Professor for the 2020/21 academic year. We spoke with Uma about his research career, current projects, and collaborations with Future Food.  Tell me about your work. What is your research about?   …

Food Security in Small Island Developing States (FSSIDS) – a conference report by Dr. Chung Hong Tan

  In the first week of September 2020, the Future Food Beacons at the University of Nottingham’s UK and Malaysia campuses jointly ran an international workshop Food Security in Small Island Developing States (FSSIDS 2020). The workshop brought together more than 30 participants from 10 countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in addition to …

Blue copper in Casparian strips: the work of Dr Guilhem Reyt

Dr Guilhem Reyt is a Research Fellow working with the Future Food Beacon. This brief blog provides links to recent coverage of his work and, most importantly, to his new paper in Current Biology. Locked out during lockdown Any scientist who was locked out of their laboratory during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 will be …

Greenhouse gas emissions from sunflower oil production – by Thomas Alcock

Vegetable oil production around the world Today, global food systems are responsible for 26% of all of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Crops grown for vegetable oil and their co-products, such as animal feed, account for 19% of non-pasture, cropped land. They therefore represent a major source of GHG emissions, which are only set …

Understanding plant microbe interactions

Dr Gabriel Castrillo is a Nottingham Research Fellow whose research focuses on the definition of the molecular mechanisms of plant-microbe interactions. He has won funding from The Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society and recently, a joint award from the BBSRC (UK) and the National Science Foundation (US) in collaboration with colleagues from the University of …