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Group News

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.

Public Evening Lecture: Professor Paul Workman – Defeating Cancer: Progress and Challenges

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At his Public Evening Lecture, on Wednesday 27 February 2019, Professor Paul Workman will discuss how outcomes will be improved for cancer patients in the future, including developments in early detection, accurate diagnosis and prevention, new therapies for control and cure, and the impact of AI.

Budget 2018: What you need to know

Philip Hammond

Business and research at forefront of Chancellor’s plan to improve the UK’s productivity, as laid out in the Autumn Budget 2018.

Journal Highlights October 2018

Highlights

SCI's peer-reviewed journals provide commentary articles and research studies undertaken by top scientists in emerging areas while addressing global audiences by crossing academic, industrial, government and science policy sectors.

UCL receive plaque to celebrate 2018 SCIdea win

Bright SCIdea plaque unveil

The inaugural Bright SCIdea Challenge winners, Team Glucoguard, received a commemorative plaque this week that will be displayed at their university, UCL.

Interview: DSA recipient Dr Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Dr Kevin Smith is one of this year’s three recipients of SCI’s Distinguished Service Awards (DSA). He joined SCI in 1989 and is a committee member of SCI’s Lipids group. Here, Kevin describes his involvement and experiences at SCI.