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NIAB Inspiring Next Generation of Young Scientists

NIAB has been helping to inspire the next generation of young scientists. In the last month, three scientists visited schools in the region in support of the national campaign for the Year of Food and Farming.

One of them, Dr Lydia Smith, has also visited a Cambridge school to promote the UK National Science and Engineering Week, working with the University of Cambridge and gave a group of 8-10-year-olds a lesson in genetics and evolution.

POLITICIANS PLEDGE TO EDUCATE YOUNG ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF FOOD

A group of leading politicians, including a Shadow Minister, a city MP, Euro-MP and city Mayor, today vowed to support the national Year of Food and Farming campaign after working alongside children and sowing vegetable seeds in Cambridge.

The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, in partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden, invited them to sign a pledge which declared: “We champion the Year of Food and Farming and pledge our support to educating young people about how plants grow and provide us with food.”

NIAB ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW RESEARCH INITIATIVE TO TACKLE RICE PRODUCTIVITY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

Advances in crop science can contribute to global food security and mitigate the risks associated with climate change. Today (21 February 2008) NIAB announced major new funding for research on rice genetics that will lead to the creation of climate resistant strains of rice for Africa and Asia.

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