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New study by international team offers insights into the underpinning molecular processes of this important crop species.

A team led by Neil Bruce is in the final of the 2014 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition in recognition of their work on developing plants to clean up land polluted with explosives.

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CNAP scientists led by Ian Graham report development of hemp plants yielding high quality oil for use in cooking and industrial applications.

BBSRC have just announced funding awards for Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB). Two of these will be led by CNAP professors - Plant Biomass Biorefinery Network (Simon McQueen-Mason); High Value Chemicals from Plants Network (Ian Graham). 

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£10m funding has been awarded for major projects led by CNAP professors. Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC's Chief Executive, stated: "This public funding offers long-term support to address major research challenges, while building research capacity in important areas and maximising economic and social benefits for the UK."

BBSRC report a recent discovery by a CNAP team led by Rob Edwards along with colleagues at the University of Durham: the gene AmGSTF1 plays a key role in controlling multi-herbicide resistance in blackgrass and ryegrass.

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CNAP scientists led by Ian Graham have found that a regulator gene called SPATULA can control the expression of five other genes known to affect when a seed germinates. A report on the work has just been published in the PNAS journal early online edition.

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Researchers in CNAP together with colleagues at the University of Portsmouth and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the USA have determined the structure and function of a key enzyme used by gribble to digest wood. An article by the team has just been published in the journal PNAS.

Research by CNAP and the University's Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry demonstrates that natural dietary flavonoids have a wide range of effects, with important implications for diet and in the development of new pharmaceuticals. 

Plant products in our diet have immense molecular diversity and consequently also have a huge potential for affecting our health and well being. Photo: themeetingplacenorth.co.uk

The University of York and Fera have announced a new joint venture: an Initiative in Agrifood Resilience. The initative brings together their scientific expertise to address the key challenges of food security and environmental sustainability amid unprecedented global challenges in the agri-food supply chain. Rob Edwards leads the initiative.

Wheat crops. Photo: Flickr/Dag Terje Filip Endresen

New Scientist journal article features work by Rob Edwards and his team to address the problems posed by the presence of herbicide resistant weeds such as black-grass and annual ryegrass in cereal crops. An in-depth report by the team has just been published in the journal PNAS.

  • Vice-Chancellor's awards for outstanding achievement

Congratulations to the CNAP poppy team led by Ian Graham for their Excellence award and to Simon McQueen-Mason for his Internationalisation award in the prestigious, university-wide scheme, the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2013.

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  • New academic appointments in Plant Biology at York

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Biology at the University of York will be welcoming three new Plant Biology colleagues in the coming months, including Professor Ian Bancroft, currently at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, who will join CNAP in August 2013.  Ian's research is focussed on understanding genome structure, function and evolution in the Brassicaceae, plus the genetic regulation of seed storage lipid accumulation and other traits relevant to sustainability of the UK oilseed rape crop. The other Plant Biology colleagues joining the Department will be Professor Seth Davis and Dr Michael Haydon.

Ian Graham was a finalist in the Social Innovator of the Year category, and was nominated for his work applying molecular breeding approaches to create improved varieties of pharmaceutical crops.

Tiny bugs could supply the enzymes needed for modern bioenergy - Simon McQueen-Mason and Will Eborall of CNAP describe their ongoing research.

Researchers from the UK, USA and India led by CNAP begin a major project to develop new strains of rice to to meet challenging weather conditions. Video feature describes the project. 

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CNAP's Neil Bruce leads a new EU funded interdisciplinary training network including academics and industry, aiming to develop enzymatic methods for green oxidation chemistry.

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An international team including CNAP researchers begin a new G8 Research Councils Initiative funded project investigating the potential for recovery of precious metals from mine refuse using plants. 

Feature article in York newspaper, The Press, on the poppy research of Ian Graham and his team.

CNAP scientists have discovered the key to production of a chemical called noscapine in poppies. Report and interview with Ian Graham.

Focussed on business needs, the BDC bridges the gap between laboratory scale and commercial manufacture, offering a unique combination of internationally recognised analytical science based on fast track plant breeding together with novel extraction and processing technologies.

  • CNAP / Brazil collaboration

The first BBSRC-Fapesp funded project has been awarded to Neil Bruce and Simon McQueen-Mason of CNAP. The award supports work to identify new enzymes that can be used in the breakdown of lignin and lignocellulose for the production of liquid biofuels. More details can be found on the BBSRC website. The BBSRC-Fapesp scheme is also described.

 

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New partnership to improve seed supplies of vital anti-malarial plant

At the Artemisinin Conference in Hanoi, the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), at the University of York, and East-West Seed announced a new partnership to ensure that high yielding seeds from improved varieties of Artemisia annua will rapidly be made available for global cultivation.

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Vice Chancellor's Gold Award for Excellence 2011 won by CNAP Artemisia research team

This award to the CNAP Artemisia research team, led by Dianna Bowles and Ian Graham, is for the team's successful and highly professional contribution to the global sustainability and delivery of artemisinin supplies for treatment of malaria

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Green factories: York biologists benefitting society

University of York Communications Office item on the work of CNAP (University of York home page, January 2011): http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/features/cnap

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Biology to benefit society: dedicated teams in specialised labs achieve impressive success

An article on the work of CNAP was released in the inaugural (November 2010) issue of Public Service Review: UK Science and Technology, a new Public Service Review science focused journal. 

The CNAP item can be downloaded here: http://www.york.ac.uk/org/cnap/pdfs/
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University of York shortlisted for four major awards

The University has been nominated in the International Collaboration of the Year category for the work of Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) on its Artemisia Research Project.

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Gene discovery could help to boost crop yields

A discovery by scientists at the University of York of a vital feature of a plant's temperature sensing and growth mechanism could help to increase yields from crops.

 Prof Rob Edwards New joint research appointment for plant scientist

A leading plant scientist is to take up the joint appointment of a Chair in Crop Protection in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) in the Department of Biology at the University of York and Chief Scientist in the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera).

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Seafarers' scourge provides hope for biofuel future

For centuries, seafarers were plagued by wood-eating gribble that destroyed their ships, and these creatures continue to wreak damage on wooden piers and docks in coastal communities.

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New genetic map will speed up plant breeding of the world's most important medicinal crop

Plant scientists at the University of York have published the first genetic map of the medicinal herb Artemisia annua.

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The botanical solution for malaria. Science perspective article

Genetic map published in Science

Recent media coverage; Gene map of anti-malaria plant could boost supply

 xpla-news Developing enzymes to clean up pollution by explosives. Scientists at the University of York have uncovered the structure of an unusual enzyme which can be used to reverse the contamination of land by explosives...

 

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New breakthrough in battle to clean up land contaminated by munitions

Gene improves removal of TNT from contaminated soil: study just published in New Phytologist.‌‌

Plant 'chemical factory' discovery

New research published in PNAS suggests potential for utilisation of natural 'chemical factory' system within plant.

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Welcoming Denby group

Brief introductions here.

Recognition of scientific excellence by EMBO

Ian Graham elected as a 2016 EMBO Member.

Ian Graham elected Fellow of Royal Society!

Congratulations to Ian on his election to the fellowship of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Research accolade for Ian Graham

Congratulations to Ian, who is to receive the Biochemical Society's 2017 Heatley Medal and Prize in recognition of the quality and impact of his research.

Contacts

CNAP Director, Professor Simon McQueen-Mason

CNAP Manager, Dr Caroline Calvert

CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD, UK