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The report of a strategic review of bioimaging in the UK is published today and will help stakeholders understand the key priorities within BBSRC’s bioimaging portfolio and will inform BBSRC’s strategy in this area. Imaging is now the dominant form of analysis of molecules, cells, and tissues across the Life Sciences. Imaging of biological samples, or bioimaging, is an area of significant interest for BBSRC as bioimaging technologies cut across all areas of BBSRC’s remit, and operates at all scales.

Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have played a key role in providing assurance that the UK remains free from bluetongue following the positive test results of four cattle which had moved from France into the north of England and Scotland in October 2017 without sufficient vaccination proof. BTV causes a disease in farmed animals such as sheep, goats and cattle and the disease and related movement restrictions can have a major impact on livestock production.

A new facility to assist advances in crop science is taking shape in the Norfolk countryside. The field experimental station at Church Farm, Bawburgh, will allow scientists at the John Innes Centre to carry out ground-breaking research in crop improvements.