New approach to unlock the genetic potential of the plant cell wall

Researchers from the Quadram Institute and the University of York have developed a novel approach that will help unlock the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which form the basis of many biological products. A field trial conducted by members of the RIPR programme in Lincolnshire, showing considerable variation between members of the same species […]

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Landmark alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

The Norwich Research Park Biorefinery Centre has joined a new alliance of similar established R&D centres, called BioPilotsUK. BioPilotsUK will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy. “BioPilotsUK will enable Britain to realise the potential to tap both bioresources […]

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New project to reduce food waste begins

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is a key partner in the EU funded multinational research project that will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025. Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain (REFRESH) is an EU Horizon 2020 project which runs from 2015 to 2019, involving partners across the EU, […]

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New project to develop biofuels from paper waste

The Biorefinery Centre at the Institute of Food Research is to launch a new project, to investigate the feasibility of turning waste paper into biofuels. The project is one of 24 announced by the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Funded by Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences […]

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Step change for screening could boost biofuels

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The new technique could also be a boon in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals from plant-based wastes, reducing our reliance on petrochemicals. Yeasts are a key step […]

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Further PhD success

Biorefinery Centre team member Ian Wood successfully defended his PhD thesis on 29th Oct. His project aimed to develop strategies to improve oilseed rape straw for cellulosic ethanol production. The work was supervised by Prof Keith Waldron (Biorefinery centre) and Prof Ian Bancroft (University of York). Earlier this year, Ian was selected from hundreds of […]

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Total Food 2014 conference

Over 100 delegates attended the BBSRC-sponsored Total Food 2014, an international conference on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass. Hosted by the Institute of Food Research, under the auspices of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Food Group), the conference presented the latest research on how to extract potentially valuable compounds from food chain […]

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New opportunities for PhD studentships

Applications are now open for 4 year PhD studentships based in the Biorefinery Centre & National Collection of Yeast Cultures at the Institute of Food Research.  The studentships, funded by the Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership, commence in October 2015 and offer postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4 year research project whilst enhancing professional […]

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Life Sciences Minister tours Biorefinery Centre

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, concluded a visit to the Norwich Research Park on 23rd July with a session at the Biorefinery Centre. He engaged in state-of-the-art biomass-to-biofuel processing activities with an active demonstration of the steam explosion plant, and had discussions with industrial collaborators, Professor Jackie Hunter, CEO of BBSRC, and members […]

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PhD success

Biorefinery Centre team member Xin Zhao successfully passed his viva on 9th July, for his project: “Optimization of the production of bioethanol from duckweed (Lemna minor)”. Initially starting as a MSc student in the Biorefinery Centre, Xin Zhao continued his PhD research on a self-funded basis, supervised by Prof Keith Waldron, Dr Mark Coleman and Graham […]

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