LATEST NEWS & EVENTS 
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS 
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eggs, egg research
New egg centre opens combining production and research 
 
The first centre of its kind has been opened in the United Kingdom, combining commercial egg production with research and education. 
 
Key gene find could enable development of disease-resistant crops 
 
Discovery of a gene that helps plants control their response to disease could aid efforts to develop crops that are resistant to infection, research suggests. 
 
mangoes, mango research
Mango peel could help clean up oil contamination, research finds 
 
University of South Australia researcher Biruck Desalegn Yirsaw has proven an extract of the fruit’s peel can be used to “synthesise” the material that can break down contaminated soil. 
 
pig meat, pigs, pig disease, pig virus
Virus-resistant pigs to vastly improve global animal health 
 
Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus. 
 
milk, milk antibiotics
Antibiotic-free treatment of dairy cows underway 
 
Researchers at PanaMast are developing breakthrough technology for the dairy industry that's effective against all tested bacteria. 
 
tomatoes, tomato research, genome, genome editing
Pioneering biologists create a new crop through genome editing 
 
For the first time, researchers from Brazil, the U.S. and Germany have created a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation using CRISPR-Cas9, a modern genome editing process. 
 
maize, gene editing, maize research
Gene-tinkering improves maize yield 
 
Australian and US scientists have found a way to increase maize productivity by targeting the enzyme behind photosynthesis. 
 
Poultry meat Editor in The Atlantic 
 
Editor of volumes 2 and 3 of our poultry collection, Todd Applegate, has been quoted in the influential The Atlantic magazine. 
 
Blue-green algae promises to boost food crop yields 
 
Scientists at ANU have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in a breakthrough that promises to help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava. 
 
Scientists develop way of saving Britain's disappearing chalk grasslands 
 
A three-year experiment by ecologists on Salisbury Plain, home of Britain's iconic Stonehenge, has found a new method of saving Britain's iconic grasslands from disappearing. 
 
insects, pests, wheat, climate change
Pests to eat more crops in warmer world 
 
Researchers at the University of Washington have predicted that insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up. 
 
agriculture, ai, artificial intelligence
Agriculture gearing up for 'fourth industrial revolution' 
 
The agricultural industry is gearing up for the "fourth industrial revolution", where machines will be replacing humans in "thinking" as well as "doing" roles. 
 
bananas, banana, banana research
Scientists identify TR4-resistant bananas 
 
Scientists at Wageningen University & Research have revealed they are closer than ever to developing fruit that is immune to TR4, a strain of the fungal disease fusarium wilt. 
 
corn, corn research, maize, maize research
There are many 'ifs,' but the discovery of corn that fertilizes itself could transform agriculture 
 
A group of researchers in the USA believe a variety of corn grown in South Mexico could ultimately transform the way the largest crop in America and the world is grown. 
 
pig meat, pig research, swine fever
China steps up surveillance after African swine fever outbreaks 
 
The Chinese authorities are undertaking a major surveillance programme following the confirmation of two African swine fever (ASF) cases in different parts of the country. 
 
wheat, wheat research, wheat science
The wheat code is finally cracked 
 
Today in the international journal Science, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the genome of bread wheat, the world's most widely cultivated crop. 
 
dairy, dairy research, milk research, smart farms
Smart farms powered by new technologies to boost global dairy output 
 
The application of new technology has transformed dairy farms into smart farms, giving the dairy sector a much needed boost. 
 
Key gene to accelerate sugarcane growth is identified 
 
Researchers have developed a sugarcane line with the ScGAI gene expression silenced. The modification resulted in an adequate phenotype for use in 2G ethanol production, featuring a bigger culm and more biomass. 
 
Newcastle Disease threat raised to ‘medium’ 
 
Government officials have raised the risk level for Newcastle Disease in the UK to ‘medium’ following more confirmed cases of the virus on the European continent. 
 

News archive 

Robotics project set to develop autonomous systems for soft fruit sector 
 
A "trailblazing" agri-robotics project is set to develop advanced autonomous systems to support the production of soft fruit in the UK. 
 
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Researchers discover natural product that could lead to new class of commercial herbicide 
 
A team of UCLA engineers and scientists discovered a new and potentially highly effective type of weed killer, a finding which could lead to the first new class of commercial herbicides in more than 30 years. 
 
sugarcane, sugarcane research
The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced 
 
Sugarcane was the last major cultivated plant to have its genome sequenced. This was because of its huge complexity: The genome comprises between 10 and 12 copies of each chromosome, while the human genome has just two. It was an international team coordinated by CIRAD that achieved this milestone, as reported in Nature Communications on July 6. 
 
Software helps cut Indian cows’ methane emissions 
 
A software tool developed by India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is helping balance the diets of 2.4 million heads of Indian cattle leading to increased milk output and reduced methane emissions, an international livestock conference heard. 
 
Gene-edited farm animals are on their way 
 
Scientists have created pigs that are immune to one of the world's costliest livestock diseases. 
 
soil, soil health, soil research
'First of its kind' programme to collaborate with farmers to improve soil health 
 
Farmers will work with the wider supply chain to improve soil quality in river catchment areas around Yorkshire. 
 
wheat, wheat research, climate change
Whether wheat weathers heat waves 
 
With the impact of climate change in mind, scientists in Australia are developing new models to better understand the impact of heat stress on wheat. This key problem is also addressed in our two-volume collection on wheat. Volume 1 discusses advances in breeding more drought and heat tolerant varieties, whilst Volume 2 reviews ways of improving water management and other aspects of cultivation. 
 
sheep, sheep research, sheep science
New study to drive future direction of British sheep genetics 
 
A new scoping study that will drive the future direction of genetic improvement in the British sheep industry has been announced. 
 
IITA holds training on techniques for weed management in cassava 
 
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) will be holding a two-day training on innovative technologies for weed management in cassava in July. 
 
poultry, smart farms, smart farming
Smart farms that can feed chickens and detect bird flu 
 
Smart farms that can maximise poultry production and even detect avian influenza without the use of human help are being developed in the Far East. 
 
maize, maize science, maize research
Plant scientists use big data to map stress responses in corn 
 
Plant scientists at Iowa State University have completed a new study that describes the genetic pathways at work when corn plants respond to stress brought on by heat, a step that could lead to crops better capable of withstanding stress. 
 
Growers warned spring cereals at high risk from key virus 
 
Arable farmers across the UK are being warned that their spring cereal crops could be at high risk from barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) infection. 
 
Burleigh Dodds reviewed on The Pig Site 
 
We're very excited to see our second volume from our, 'Achieving sustainable production of pig meat' collection has been reviewed on The Pig Site! 
 
Optimum shade for cocoa 
 
As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. Researchers tested what shade trees can contribute to solving this problem. 
 
Cassava breeding hasn't improved photosynthesis or yield potential 
 
Cassava is a staple in the diet of more than one billion people across 105 countries, yet this "orphaned crop" has received little attention compared to popular crops like corn and soybeans. While advances in breeding have helped cassava withstand pests and diseases, cassava yields no more today than it did in 1963. Corn yields, by comparison, have more than doubled. 
 
UK pig farms: 50% less antibiotic usage in 2 years 
 
News has broken that the British pig industry has reduced antibiotic usage by 28% in 2017, bringing the total reduction in 2 years to more than 50%. 
 
poultry, chicken
Multiple resistance genes found in commercially farmed chickens and in hospital 
 
A team of investigators has isolated colistin-resistant Escherichia coli from a commercial poultry farm in China. Colistin is an antibiotic of last resort against certain bacteria. 
 
Francis writes for LSE Impact Blog 
 
Our Editorial Director, Francis Dodds, has written an article on the LSE Impact Blog this week. 
 
In his piece he discusses the links between copyright and open access. 
 
Cassava breeding hasn't improved photosynthesis or yield potential 
 
University of Illinois researchers analyzed four cassava cultivars preferred by African farmers and found unimproved varieties photosynthesize better than varieties selected for improved pest and disease resistance. 
 
Armyworm headed for Britain 
 
A crop-destroying caterpillar that has devastated agriculture in Africa is poised to spread into southern Europe for the first time and could even reach Britain, experts are warning. 
 
Burleigh Dodds awarded with Product Data Excellence Award 
 
We're delighted to have been awarded with a BIC Excellence Plus accreditation! 
 
wheat
Wheat genome mapped 
 
As scientists and farmer seek ways to make crops more drought resistant, a breakthrough in the wheat genome offers new information. 
 
We were delighted to receive this photo from Sarah Woods after she was awarded a copy of 'Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat, Volume 3'
 
Sarah was awarded the book at the WPSA Spring Meeting for best student poster. 
 
Congratulations Sarah! 
First gene drive targeting worldwide crop pest 
 
Biologists have created the world's first gene drive system - a mechanism for manipulating genetic inheritance - in Drosophila suzukii, an agricultural pest that has invaded much of the United States and caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops. 
 
Microbes in soil help sorghum stay strong against droughts 
 
Bacteria that help sorghum survive drought could someday be used as probiotics for crops. 
 
New report sheds light on how UK farming can meet the sustainability challenge 
 
A new report urges farmers to meet the sustainability challenge by 'redesigning' their farming systems by utilising natural resources. 
 
Experts warn of food crisis as armyworm attacks maize farms 
 
Kenya could lose half of its maize crop and face a massive food crisis following an invasion of the Fall armyworm. 
 
Study examines energy and nutrient digestibility in wheat co-products fed to growing pigs 
 
With feed costs and the worldwide demand for meat growing, livestock producers are increasingly turning to co-products from the ethanol and human food industries. Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the feed value of wheat middlings and red dog, two co-products of the wheat milling process that can be included in diets fed to pigs and other livestock. 
 
New soil management and fertiliser rules take effect 
 
Farmers in England are reminded that rules were introduced on 2 April to tackle the problem of diffuse pollution and improve water quality. 
 
New method to help growers identify best Gala apples 
 
A new method to help UK growers identify the best Gala fruit to pick for long-term storage could deliver greater harvest efficiencies and lead to more product on shelf. 
 
rice blast, rice research, rice burleigh dodds
Breakthrough in battle against rice blast 
 
Scientists have found a way to stop the spread of rice blast, a fungus that destroys up to 30% of the world's rice crop each year. 
 
Wheat in heat: the 'crazy idea' that could combat food insecurity 
 
After four years of trials, scientists have found a wheat variety that can grow quickly and survive in sub-Saharan heat. 
 
Farmers 'de-intensify' dairy by launching 'The Ethical Dairy' 
 
A dairy farming couple have launched 'The Ethical Dairy' in their bid to "de-intesify" the industry. Organic dairy farmers David and Wilma Finlay have spent a decade on their journey to find a "new approach" to dairying. 
 
Kansas State University researchers make breakthrough in glyphosate resistance in pigweeds 
 
Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture and many other industries. 
 
New seed potato markets in Africa 
 
RWANDA and Uganda have been identified as two potential new export destinations for UK seed potatoes. 
 
Burleigh Dodds win at IPG Awards 
 
We're absolutely ecstatic to be the winner of the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award at this year's IPG Awards
 
We're over the moon and were in great company with our fellow finalists Old Barn Books and Otter-Barry Books. 
 
Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners this year. 
New method to improve crops 
 
Researchers have developed a new way to breed plants with better traits. By introducing a human protein into the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, researchers found that they could selectively activate silenced genes already present within the plant. 
 
Japanese scientists use egg whites for clean energy 
 
Proteins taken from egg whites could be used in the future to improve the production of carbon free energy. Japanese scientists claim to have used the protein as a tool for producing hydrogen, a source of clean electricity. 
 
Cracking the genetic code for complex traits in cattle 
 
A massive global study involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production. 
 
Egypt to cultivate digital data from agricultural sector 
 
A program that will provide electronic “smart cards” to Egypt’s farmers aims to eliminate administrative corruption within the Ministry of Agriculture, prevent its employees from tampering with paper documents and ensure that subsidies reach the proper recipients. 
 
Burleigh Dodds featured in Cambridge News 
 
BDS Publishing are delighted to be featured in the Cambridge News, where the launch of the Company is reported in the 'Movers & Shakers' coverage. 
 
The Cambridge News is a daily newspaper that covers the county of Cambridgeshire and has a distribution of over 20,000 copies every day. 
 
BDS Publishing featured in EADT 
 
Our work to solve some of the worlds greatest challenges has been reported on in the East Anglian Daily Times. 
 
The EADT is based in Ipswich in Suffolk and is distributed across the county as well as in Norfolk and Essex. It has a daily circulation of just under 30,000. 
 
The EADT has a regular farming supplement which reported on the work of Burleigh Dodds and which is read by agricultural experts across the East of England. 
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