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Fera regularly share news and insight around a range of subjects across the agri-food chain.

SIAFS Project Supported Anna's Happy Trotters
The Longthorp family have been farming for 4 generations, beginning as arable farmers and then adding pigs to the mix to make use of their grain and straw. In 2007, they began to farm their pigs outdoors, making them free range. Read more
SIAFS Project Supported Eric's - Butchers & Pie Maker
Eric Richmond set up a butchers shop in Ossett in late 1945 which focused on staying local, sustainable and ethical. His aim was to provide the finest quality pies using local produce, whilst ensuring steady growth based on strong, long-term relationships with customers, partners and supplier chain. Read more
Gene Editing in the Context of Crops
The EU Court of Justice recently ruled that organisms obtained by Gene Editing (GE), or more precisely directed mutagenesis, should be treated as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)1. It could be argued that this delays the roll-out of the technology in Europe and buys time for wider consultation. Read more
Observatree - Tree health citizen science partnership
Observatree launched in spring 2014 aiming to train volunteers to help protect the UK’s trees, woods and forests from harmful pests and diseases, both existing and new. Read more
Sprouts and Poinasettia

18 December 2018

Sprouts and Poinasettia
Sprouts - You either love them or hate them but you can't get away from them. Sprouts are the most popular winter vegetable in the UK despite the bad press they often receive. Read more
New research to secure future of the rose
New research to secure future of the rose New research funded by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Defra will help to secure the future of England’s national flower - the rose. Read more
UK-wide consortium to combat serious threat to plant health
Wednesday 05 December 2018 – Today, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Right Honourable Lord Henley, announces funding for a major bacterial plant diseases research programme supported by UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund. Read more
The Challenge of Certifying Cassava Breeders' Seed
Under BASICS , the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has successfully undertaken the first Breeders’ Seed assessment of Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) virus presence and prevalence, collecting leaf samples from the field and undertaking the laboratory analysis at the NASC Molecular Seed Testing Laboratory; thus paving the way for the adoption of the first Breeders Seed Standard for Cassava in Nigeria. Read more
Official Launch to open Europe’s Largest Mesocosm
Kevin Hollinrake, member of parliament for Thirsk and Malton has officially launched the first fully flow-through, edge of field waterbody safety assessment facility in Europe at an exclusive event in York. The E-Flows mesocosm, a ground breaking project designed and developed by Translational science and research organisation Fera Science Ltd in partnership with CHAP (Centre for Crop Health and Protection) and supported by Innovate UK, will be managed and operated by Fera for use by the chemical industry and researchers, supporting the race to support the protection of natural capital and our environment. Read more
New standards for testing infant formula
Amongst the most heavily regulated and tested food products in the world, infant formula, and formulas for special medical purposes, come with rigorously checked nutritional labelling to ensure they are what they say they are. Read more

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