IBERS News Archive 2009
Waitrose Funds First Chair of Sustainable Agriculture
14 December 2009
As part of its long term commitment to British agriculture, Waitrose is supporting the creation of an academic post dedicated to food security, the first of its kind in the UK.
The post of Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at Aberystwyth University will spearhead vital research designed to help secure the UK’s food supplies over the next few decades.
In search of a greener biofuel
25 November 2009
Representatives of the farming industry, technology companies, fuel manufacturers and distributors are working with researchers at Aberystwyth University (AU) to develop a more sustainable method of producing biofuel.
The three year Grassohol project is focusing on sugar-rich varieties of perennial ryegrass, developed at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), as a raw material for producing bio-ethanol.
Queen's Anniversary Prize
The Award acknowledges the work of scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) who have successfully combined fundamental research on plant genetics with plant breeding techniques to develop commercially viable plant varieties that go some way towards meeting the challenges of food supply, water and energy security, and environmental sustainability which are facing communities across the world.
IBERS External Advisory Board
Influential world renowned scientists visited IBERS on 21-23rd October as members of the new IBERS External Advisory Board. The Board will assist the Director and Management Team in the future strategic direction of the Institute.
New IBERS Farms Advisory Board
Following the merger of IGER into Aberystwyth University to form IBERS, the Institute’s research and commercial farm activities have also been merged into a single operation.
Exciting new developments at IBERS
£25 million will be invested over the next five years.
IBERS at the Royal Welsh Show 2009
Summer 2009 Newsletter, press releases, movies and pictures of this years event at Builth Wells. .
International agreement for DNA barcoding the world’s plants
An international team of scientists, including researchers at Aberystwyth University, has concluded a four–year effort to agree on a standard ‘plant DNA barcode’ to provide the foundation for the widespread use of DNA technologies to identify plants.
Divided by a song: City birds shun their country cousins
Great tits in cities respond more strongly to songs of fellow city dwellers than to their country cousins according to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.
The Crop Genetics, Genomics and Breeding Division at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences has been awarded £1.6m to develop a physical map of the perennial ryegrass genome.
CARAS Visit to IBERS
A delegation representing the four royal shows throughout the UK visited IBERS in April.
Low Input Farming
IBERS has been awarded €226,000 as part of a €3m European project to measure the environmental benefits of low input farming.
28 March 2009
We all know that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games will be held in London but what you may not know is that places much further a field will host athlete training camps. Our Department will be included as a mountain biking training camp in the pre-games training camp brochure.