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David Miller Travel Bursary recipient, Juan Carlos De la Concepcion, reports from Boston, US

Juan Carlos De la Concepcion

Juan Carlos De la Concepcion was awarded one of the 2018 David Miller Travel Bursaries and details his experience travelling to Boston, US to attend the International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) 2018: Plant Health in A Global Economy conference.

Press Release: Professor Johnathan Napier – Sustainable food chains: making fish oils from plants

Canolina

During his Public Evening Lecture, on Wednesday 27 March 2019, Professor Johnathan Napier will discuss his work producing omega-3 fatty acids through genetically edited Camelina, an oilseed crop, which is one of the most complex plant metabolic engineering projects to undergo field trials to date.

David Miller Travel Bursary recipient, Stuart Edwards, reports from Naples

Stuart Edwards

Stuart Edwards was awarded one of the 2018 David Miller Travel Bursaries and details his experience travelling to Naples, Italy to attend the XI European Congress on Entomology.

ExxonMobil’s Neil Chapman to receive SCI Chemical Industry Medal

neil chapman

SCI America has announced that the 2019 SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Neil Chapman, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He will receive the medal at a formal dinner convened in his honor on 12 March 2019 at Essex House in New York City, US.

Government commits £60m to sustainable packaging

recyclable plastic bottles

Sustainable packaging – a key project of the Chemistry Council’s Innovation Programme – is set to receive £61.4m from the government to help reduce the harmful impact of plastic waste.

Using endocrine control in insects to develop new approaches for crop protection

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Pesticides have a significant role to play in increasing agricultural production around the world and improving food safety. The EU funded project nEUROSTRESSPEP aims to develop novel, insect species specific biocontrol agents based on the use of peptides that interfere with pest insect neurological functions while leaving non-pest species unaffected.

A history of pesticides and challenges for the future

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On 25 November 2018, Professor Graham Matthews delivered an overview of pesticides - including their history, modes of action, current developments, issues and opportunities - to the Agrisciences group.

Chemistry Council launches Strategy

Chemistry Council

Delivering innovation-based growth is at the heart of the Chemistry Council’s new strategy for the chemicals sector, to be launched today.

Seed banking not viable for third of threatened species

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Seed banks must adapt to include techniques like cryopreservation to meet target of conserving 75% of threatened plant species by 2020, a report from Kew Gardens, UK, finds.