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PoliSCI (w/e 5 April 2019)

PoliSCI

Your weekly digest of policy news, funding competitions, and calls for evidence.

Alzheimer's drugs made from Welsh daffodils

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Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease can be expensive to produce, but by using novel cultivation of daffodils one small Welsh company has managed to find a cost-effective production method of one pharmaceutical drug, galanthamine.

Chemical industry calls for government to secure Brexit deal

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The government is being urged by the chemical industry to secure more certainty over Brexit by agreeing to a deal, says the Chemical Industries Association (CIA).

Event review: Climate change and agriculture

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Scientists are closer to developing 3D printed artificial tissues that could help heal bones and cartilage, specifically those damaged in sports-related injuries. Scaffolds for the tissues have been successfully engineered.

The Bright SCIdea Challenge 2019

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The second annual Bright SCIdea Challenge saw Durham University students, Plastech Innovation, win £5,000 for their plastics-derived concrete business.

PoliSCI (w/e 29 March 2019)

PoliSCI

Your weekly digest of policy news, funding competitions, and calls for evidence.

Sensors for smart agriculture

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Sensors play a large role in the future of farming and developing innovation in this area will help save money, reduce environmental impact and increase farming productivity.

Partial Horizon Europe deal agreed

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European Parliament and the EU Council have reached a partial agreement on the Horizon Europe research programme, but still no deal has been reached on its budget and non-EU country participation.

Plants transfer disease immunity to their offspring

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Researchers have identified locations in plants’ chromosomes that can transfer immunity to their offspring. This research could help in understanding the role of epigenetics in disease resistance.

My research: Pest control from insect olfaction

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Our digital media intern and early careers member, Cassie Sims, talks about her PhD research looking at insect olfaction, and how it can be used in pest control.