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Guy Poppy, Professor at the University of Southampton and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency, has been appointed to the BBSRC – part of UK Research and Innovation – on a part-time basis as Programme Director for the recently announced Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Food Systems programme.

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Research funds of £250,000 are now available for five projects to tackle high priority pests and diseases threats for horticulture crops. This is the result of a new initiative from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) working together to invest in research for horticultural production.

BBSRC, in collaboration with ESRC and NERC, recently invested in seven projects awarded through the Newton Fund to provide solutions for long term, sustainable production of food in Colombia and Mexico. Projects include those to help boost the Mexican avocado crop and supporting Colombian cattle.