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Globally, over one third of food produced across the whole food chain is wasted. In the UK, 51% of the food wasted is lost before it even reaches consumers, during either the agriculture, post-harvest, distribution or processing stages.

Guy Poppy, Professor of Ecology at the University of Southampton and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency, has had a paper published in Nature,  published a paper, ‘A national programme for transformation of the UK food system’, along with Riaz Bhunnoo – Director of the Global Food Security programme – outlining the aims of the newly-launched 8-year £47.5 million strategic research programme.

BBSRC-funded John Innes Centre has recruited Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen to voice an animation to educate the public of the consequences of the plant disease Xylella fastidiosa.

The pathogen has caused great destruction to olive crops across Europe and the John Innes Centre – the independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology – is at the forefront of efforts to keep the disease out of the UK.