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The UK’s Love of Wine Becomes Homegrown – Fera Makes it More Sustainable
The UK’s love of wine is having a beneficial effect on imports and exports with the total value of wine exported from the UK totalling £574 million in 2017. This sector is currently the fastest growing UK export, having risen by 17% in value and 23% in volume since 2016. Read more
Creating a sustainable future - Advances in Environmental Risk Assessments
Creating a sustainable future - Fera Science is hosting an inaugural event on chemical safety. Plant protection products (PPPs) used in agriculture have doubled in numbers since the 1980s. Without them, the food safety of billions of people would be threatened. But the PPP chemical industry continues to face ongoing debate to ensure that these products raise the quality and yield crops with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. We’re ready to talk Read more
Fera Scientists appointed to the FSA (Food Standards Agency) Scientific Advisory Committees
The Scientific Advisory Committees advise on the development of policy issues that have major implications for public health and ensure that policy decisions are based on the most up-to-date science and evidence. The committees consist of a multidisciplinary team of distinguished experts with outstanding international reputations to ensure that the right science is being used, from the right sources, and that every scientific dimension is being looked at. Read more
Mite Monitoring and Pest Management from Fera
Mites are small, typically around 0.5mm and are translucent, making it difficult to detect especially at the early stages of infestation when numbers are low. They can survive for months under adverse conditions in cracks in floor and walls, and in processing and packaging machinery. Read more
Defining (and redefining) environmental DNA
The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) is gaining in popularity and profile, partly driven by technological advances, partly by the urgent requirement for measuring natural habits for indigenous and alien species using diagnostic tools and the steeply rising importance of such measurements for environmental stewardship. This is mirrored by the rapid rise in scientific publications citing “environmental DNA” (see figure), and the recent launch of a scientific journal Environmental DNA. Read more
Call on Government to narrow the global ‘protein gap’ with support for insect protein production
The Insect Biomass Conversion Task & Finish Group (IBCTFG) is calling on the UK Government to support insect protein as an attractive new and sustainable source of protein for food production – essential if we are to help narrow the global ‘protein gap’ Read more
Manuka Honey Authenticity Testing
Manuka honey is derived from bees that forage on the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) and has been demonstrated to exhibit significant non-peroxide antimicrobial activity (NPA). This antimicrobial activity is in addition to the peroxide activity found in honeys that contain glucose oxidase and is thought to be unique to Manuka honey. The sum of the peroxide activity and the non-peroxide activity is known as the total activity (TA). Read more
R&D Tax Credits and Grants
The key to using innovation grants and research and development (R&D) tax credits together is careful planning. They are not mutually exclusive but their relationship can be complicated. So, getting an expert on your side is the best way to optimise your future position. Read more
Meet the Fera team - Karen Thorpe
Fera Science Ltd are proud to announce the appointment of Karen Thorpe in our new role of Aquatic Ecotoxicologist. Read more
Fera and APHA weclome The Ministry of Municipality & Environmental from Qatar
The Ministry of Municipality & Environmental (MME) has recently created a Food Security Department with the aim to enhance food security in Qatar, by focusing on increasing fresh local food production in vegetables, fish, milk and meat. Read more

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