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

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
Fera Science Ltd to present at The York Apprenticeship Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2018
Fera Science is proof that apprenticeships harness new talent that bring innovative ideas, enabling us to continue to deliver our world-class science, whilst also developing the next generation of scientists. Read more
Illegal Levels of Arsenic found in Baby Foods
In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks. Researchers* have found that little has changed since this law was passed and that 50 per cent of baby rice food products still contain an illegal level of inorganic arsenic. Read more

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