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March 2017

New breed of wheat could be key to unlocking vital nutrients in cereals

A study funded by PBL at Nottingham Trent University shows that specially-bred wheat could help provide some of the key nutrients essential for healthy bones in poultry, reducing the need to supplement the feed.  The wheat was originally identified and has been further characterised by Aarhus University.

PBL is now working with partners in the plant breeding and feed industry to bring this exciting innovation into use.

Please click here to read the article in full.

For more information on High Phytase Cereals (PBL Tech 12.533) please click here or contact Dr Jan Chojecki.

   

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March 2017

Potatoes with Late Blight Protection receive EPA and FDA clearance

J.R. Simplot Company have announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed their independent reviews and granted registrations and clearances for three varieties of Simplot’s second generation of INNATE® potatoes.

Please click here to read the article in full.

The late blight resistant genes were isolated at the Sainsbury Laboratory by Jonathan Jones and co-workers in collaboration with Wageningen University. The technology, consisting of multiple late blight resistance genes, offers the best opportunity to protect potatoes and tomatoes against late blight infections with the potential of substantially reducing the use of fungicide applications and increasing crop yields.

For more information, or to licence these late-blight resistance genes, please contact Dr Lars von Borcke. PBL Tech 07.425 / 07.426.

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March 2017

PBL Announces New Technology Framework Agreement with Calyxt, Inc to accelerate innovation uptake

Norwich, UK, March 9, 2017 -- Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL) is delighted to announce  the signing of a technology framework agreement with Calyxt, Inc, a Minnesota-based company developing healthier food products to benefit both consumers and growers. The agreement aims to expand Calyxt’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio by including new product-based IP from academic institutions around the world. Under the new agreement, PBL will offer newly developed technologies to Calyxt for evaluation and possible acquisition.

Please click here to read the article in full.

For more information, please contact Rebecca McIntosh.

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January 2017

ALL SYSTEMS GO!

Doors open at PBL’s new joint venture spin-out: Leaf Systems International 

Leaf Systems International Ltd was today officially opened by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

PBL’s Managing Director, Dr Jan Chojecki said “Leaf Systems is a great example of how fundamental research in plant science can have far-reaching applications with huge potential benefits to mankind.  It also highlights the quality of the innovation infrastructure supporting UK science to develop strong intellectual property and deliver economic impact.”

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities,
Science, Research and Innovation and Melanie Welham, Chief Executive of BBSRC
 Leaf Systems International Ltd

Please click here for the full article.

More links: Eastern Daily Press article; John Innes Centre article; Leaf Systems website; Molecular Pharming: High Level Plant Protein Expression (CPMV-HT).

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