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BBSRC Welcomes New Science Research Strategy For Food Security And Sustainability


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the UK’s
largest funder of agriculture and food related research, has welcomed and
pledged its support for the new science research strategy to help improve the
security and sustainability of our food system launched by the Government’s
Chief Scientific Adviser Professor John Beddington.

Professor Janet Allen, BBSRC Director of Research, said: “We welcome and fully
support the aim of the cross-Government strategy to support effective, joined-up
research policies and to ensure the development and translation of new
knowledge, skills and technologies.

“Producing enough safe, affordable and nutritious food for a world with a
growing population and changing consumption patterns is a huge challenge. The UK
has the research skills and infrastructure to overcome the formidable obstacles
we face. BBSRC looks forward to playing a leading role in delivering sustainable
food security, and to working with partners across Government, academia and
industry to achieve the aims of this strategy.”

BBSRC invests around 190M a year in research relevant to agriculture and food.
BBSRC has a leading role in delivering publicly funded food security research
and recognises the need to work closely with other funders, Government
departments and industry to ensure multidisciplinary research approach that
meeting the food security challenge demands.

The Food and Innovation Research Strategy provides, for the first time, an
overarching framework across the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. It
sets out current and future programmes and highlights some past successes, good
practice and where joint working is already strong, both on research projects
and cross-cutting issues.

It can be viewed at:


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK
funding agency for research in the life sciences.

Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around 450M in a wide range of
research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK
citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including
the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research,
providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge
transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other
stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and

The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Food Research,
John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research are Institutes of BBSRC. The
Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist
facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments
and other end-users of their research.

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