World’s first Centre for Doctoral Training in agri-food robotics

The world’s first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for agri-food robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln, UK, in conjunction with the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia[9]. The CDT has received a funding award of £6.6m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will create the largest ever cohort of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) specialists for the global food and farming sectors.

Thu, 21/02/2019 - 11:28

Food loss hotspots

Human errors caused by a lack of standardised procedures and insufficient training are the major drivers behind loss in food manufacturing, a new study has found[8]. Researchers at Brunel University London and Ghent University, Belgium, studied the production processes at 47 food manufacturers in Belgium to determine where the highest losses were observed.

Thu, 21/02/2019 - 11:21

Circular economy for plastics

An alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain have launched a new organisation to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean[6]. The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly thirty member companies, has committed over $1bn with the goal of investing a further $1.5bn over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.

Thu, 21/02/2019 - 10:58
a boost for barley

A boost for barley

A new study by plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute, led by Dr Sarah McKim, suggests that new barley lines created by bringing together novel genetic variation, could benefit the brewing and distilling industries by offering improved grain quality[4].

Wed, 20/02/2019 - 15:27
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