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The UK’s largest agricultural sector event kicks off tomorrow in Birmingham. The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) annual conference attracts thousands of visitors and sets the tone for the farming year ahead through political sessions and workshops focused on research, innovation and meeting the needs of the agriculture community.

People are being invited to share their views on the use of gene-editing technologies in animals through an online survey. The questionnaire is focused on people’s perceptions of gene editing in livestock, and whether they would eat meat from an animal that has had its DNA altered.

Researchers have pioneered a new method which allows them to rapidly recruit disease resistance genes from wild plants and transfer them into domestic crops. The technique called AgRenSeq or speed cloning has been developed by John Innes Centre researchers alongside colleagues in the United States and Australia to speed up the fight against pathogens that threaten food crops worldwide.