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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Right Honourable Lord Henley, announces funding for a major bacterial plant diseases research programme supported by UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund. The first phase of this investment initiates a UK-wide consortium to prepare for the possible introduction and spread of the devastating plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa into the UK.


Professor Roslyn Bill, a biotechnology specialist from Aston University, shares her top five fantastic yeasts and where to find them. With its first noted use around 4,000 years ago (older than the Egyptian Sphinx but younger than Griffins), yeasts have been cultivated by humans.


The Earlham Institute (EI) will be part of the epic DNA sequencing project which aims to decipher the genetic code of 66,000 species in the UK, led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, as part of a global effort to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known species of animals, plants, protozoa and fungi on Earth. The UK arm, known as the Darwin Tree of Life Project (DTOL), has officially launched in London alongside the global effort, the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP).