Power snack: insects and innovation in rural Africa

A  project aims to support rural communities in Nigeria to generate income from sustainable, nutritious insect-based snacks. The next step is creating innovative supply chains to allow production across Africa and beyond. Dr Jo Gould explains My interests lie in understanding the processing of sustainable ingredients. I am the technical lead for the Sustainable insect …

Green shoots of recovery: my return to the Plant Sciences labs 

Dr Guilhem Reyt, a research fellow with the Future Food Beacon of Excellence, reflects on returning to the Plant Sciences labs, Sutton Bonington Campus. I’m in the final stages of my fellowship and during lockdown I was able to focus on paper writing and getting my work published. Juggling childcare with working from home was very challenging and strongly affected my productivity. However, I was amazed by the organisational switch …

Future Food widens debate on bioscience and ethics at UKRI China showcase

By Min Rose The University’s Future Food Beacon continues to build strong partnerships with China. Supported by the University’s Asia Business Centre, a plant scientist, an evolutionary geneticist and a bioethicist from the Future Food Beacon gave a talk at UKRI China’s Science On Tap at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing. This …

Long live the tomato

A world-first in genome sequencing and the University’s longstanding partnership with the biotechnology giant Syngenta has paved the way for a breakthrough that will transform the landscape of tomato breeding. The tomato is one of the most valuable fruit crops in the world, with an annual global value of more than $50bn. It’s an important …

Tackling ‘hidden hunger’: GeoNutrition team’s unprecedented Malawi survey

Teams of technical staff, agricultural scientists, PhD and Masters students from Malawi taking part in an international research project with the University of Nottingham were told by their government: “Your work will help improve the health of our nation.” The researchers and technicians were today (16 April) travelling from bases across Malawi to begin sampling …