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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
The outbreak of Ash dieback is predicted to cost £15 billion in Britain
A research paper has been published which estimates that ash dieback is set to cost the UK £15 billion and is expected to kill 95-99% of ash trees in Britain. Read more
‘No Deal’ Brexit Guidelines Produced by Defra
The government must plan for every possible outcome when the UK leaves the EU, including a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Defra continue to produce guidelines to ensure that businesses are aware of the forthcoming changes and what actions they may need to take. Read more
Meet the Fera team - Steven Mattock
Since joining Fera Science Ltd in 2018 in the new role, Head of Ecotoxicology Steven Mattock has been working on the build of our new Aquatic Facility. Read more

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