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New projects at NRI: better berries with bees plus improved value chains

Bombus terrestris square S Arnold 750It’s almost the end of the year but at NRI we have new projects starting, with several more in the pipeline – to be announced early in 2017. Here we outline a couple of our new projects:


NRI Master’s student: official reporter at international conference

Student Reports in a Session at BOKU Vienna 750Miranda Elsby is a current student on NRI’s MSc in Agriculture for Sustainable Development. In September, Miranda was selected to be a ‘student reporter’ at the annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management, also known as Tropentag 2016. This conference addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide, and this year’s theme was ‘Solidarity in a competing world – fair use of resources’.


NRI’s MSc in Food Innovation gains IFST accreditation: apply today!

Avocado N Palmer CIAT crop 750Kale crisps, seaweed, sweet potato bars…avocado with everything – these recent food trends have captured the attention of many consumers. But how do these foods make it onto our plates? Food innovation is all about identifying novel ingredients and developing new products that people want to buy and eat. Do you have the creativity to come up with the next big food trend? Study the MSc in Food Innovation offered by NRI and the Department of Life & Sports Sciences at the University of Greenwich and you’ll be equipped with the skills and know-how to create value-added products along a sustainably developed food chain.


NRI’s new online programme: study Food Safety and Quality Management part time from January 2017!

shutterstock 3075095 750Do you work in the food sector or anywhere along the food chain? Would you like to progress further in your career but lack academic qualifications? Study on the new Food Safety and Quality Management (FSQM) e-learning programme offered by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich and you can gain a qualification on a part-time basis through on-line study.

The programme combines the best of NRI’s long-established experience of food value chains with the flexibility of a fully comprehensive e-learning programme which allows students to learn from any location in the world, at a pace best suited to their needs, for a duration of three to six years. You can apply to study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or go on to study the full Master’s degree (MSc). Partial fee scholarships are currently available for this programme for outstanding applicants. A scholarship reduces the cost of the programme to £5,400 for the full MSc (£1,800 per year if studied over three years), equating to £900 for 30 credits of study. Apply now and start your studies in January 2017!


NRI prize-winning student, Hajar el Hamss – under the microscope

Hajar el Hamss web 750Meet Hajar el Hamss, current PhD student at NRI whose work focuses on the interactions between whitefly, the bacteria inside whitefly, and a virus causing a devastating disease affecting the tropical root and important food security crop, cassava. Today, it is Hajar’s turn to be under the microscope as we take a close look at her career path and explain her passion for solving scientific puzzles.


Improving techniques to reduce postharvest losses: APHLIS+ launch

Ghana, 58 September, 2016

Press release written by: Nicola Swann

Dodoma Tanzania 750Members of the African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) network including postharvest experts from over 30 sub-Saharan African countries and representatives from FAO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gathered in Accra this month, to attend the launch of APHLIS+.

Launched in 2009, APHLIS is a scientific model which provides evidence-based estimates on postharvest cereal losses (PHLs) across 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.


World Mosquito Day 2016

Anopheles gambiae African1 750Saturday 20th August is World Mosquito Day. It might seem strange to ‘celebrate’ the mosquito, given their role in the spread of many infectious diseases, such as yellow fever, West Nile Virus and the recent global health emergency created by the Zika virus. However, the relationship between mosquitoes and the spread of disease was not always known. World Mosquito Day celebrates the discovery of the role mosquitoes play in malaria transmission. On this day in 1897, Sir Ronald Ross made a breakthrough that would later earn him a Nobel Prize in Medicine when he found malaria parasites in dissected mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. By identifying mosquitoes as the agents that spread the parasite from person to person, Ross opened the way for us to reduce the risk of malaria infection by controlling the mosquito itself.


Food safety on the table as NRI meets Nigerian Health Committee

4Nigerian delegation6 750Knowing that the food we eat is safe is important to us all. But what exactly is meant by food safety, and who is responsible for it? These topics were discussed at a round-table meeting on 30th June 2016, when a delegation from the Nigerian Senate Health Committee met with a team of experts at NRI. The Nigerian delegation included Dr Rukevwe Ugwumba, Consultant and Committee member of the Nigerian Federal Senate Committee on Health, and Mrs O. Omobo, Consultant with the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Stimulating research at NRI: resourceful students lead successful symposium

NRIPS11 750NRI’s PhD students recently showcased their work at the First Annual NRI Postgraduate Symposium. This initiative, designed and carried out by the students themselves, highlighted not only the students’ research but shone a spotlight on their resourcefulness, creativity, enterprise and teamwork. The event, which took place on the 20th May at the University of Greenwich Medway Campus, provided a professional platform for students to discuss their work, sharpen their communication skills and fostered networking across the Institute.


NRI students savour success with sweet potato snacks

Sweet potato snacks4 detail1 750Can you imagine sweet potato crisps suffused with seafood curry, lime and coconut or thyme and chilli? Or if you have a sweet tooth, how about some energy-packed sweet potato breakfast bars, combining exotic mango and passionfruit, or chocolate and chilli…? This is just a small sample of snacks developed by NRI students as part of their Master’s programmes this year. Recently, students had the opportunity to showcase their work at a product development event at NRI, where guests from the Kenya High Commission in London and the Kenyan sweet potato industry sampled the innovative products.


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