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Improving the livelihoods of over 5M households in India and Nepal

A pioneering new method of plant breeding is improving the livelihoods of over 5M households in India and Nepal.

The novel approach, selective plant breeding, was originally developed by Prof John Witcombe at Bangor University to meet the identified needs of resource-poor farmers in the more arid regions of Gujarat, India. He works with indigenous farmers and consumers, introducing properties that are desired by farmers into rice and maize varieties and incorporating on-farm varietal testing and farmers’ experiences. This method has produced new varieties of rice and maize which are highly adapted to the requirements and preferences of local farmers, which in turn improves their adoption and spread among the farming community.

Publication date: 2 June 2014

Bangor University opens doors to neighbours and the community for Universities Week

Next week, (9-15 June 2014), universities across the UK are opening their doors to the public and demonstrating the impact that university research has on all our lives.

Bangor University is getting involved in the annual Universities Week campaign and has activities during the week enabling people to step inside the University.

Publication date: 30 May 2014

Investigating vital issues for the future of the Welsh language

A new research project is underway which will investigate why children who are attending Welsh-language schools may be reluctant to use the language outside of school. The research will be conducted by Dr Siôn Aled Owen based at Bangor University.

Publication date: 28 May 2014

University opens farm gate at Henfaes Research Facility Abergwyngregyn

Wouldn’t it be good if we could grow our own tomatoes outdoors? And can some of the compost that councils produce be used to grow potatoes? Come and see how daffodils are being used to treat Alzhimer’s Disease and find out why bees don’t always sting. Learn how scientists and bakers are working together to develop a new ‘functional food’ using a highly nutritious and tasty strain of barley. These and other questions will be answered during a visit to Bangor University’s agricultural Research station at Henfaes in Abergwyngregyn between 2.00-4.30 on Thursday 12 June.

Publication date: 16 May 2014

BEACON wins prestigious European Commission RegioStars award

A prestigious European Commission RegioStars Award 2014 has been won by the BEACON Biorefining Centre of Excellence, an innovative Welsh research partnership dedicated to developing industrial products from plants to reduce reliance on fossil-based resources such as coal and gas.

Publication date: 31 March 2014

Could Orkney lead the way in generating low carbon electricity?

Marine renewable energy experts at Bangor University have published a new study which examines the potential of Orkney, in the north of Scotland, to generate low carbon electricity through tidal turbines.

Publication date: 17 March 2014

Bangor University Food Dudes research to deliver school-meals uptake

A pioneering behaviour change programme developed at Bangor University is to become part of a major UK Department for Education initiative to improve school meal uptake in junior schools and improve healthy outcomes for children.

Publication date: 11 March 2014

Collaboration on Materials for Flexible Display Electronics Awarded ‘Outstanding’ by the Technology Strategy Board

SmartKem Ltd, a leading developer of high performance, organic semiconductor materials for flexible displays & electronics, and Bangor University are delighted to announce that a recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has been awarded a grade of ‘Outstanding’ by the Technology Strategy Board.

Publication date: 10 March 2014

University partnership pays long-term benefits for innovative company

One of Wales’ innovative medical supplies companies can trace a period of exponential growth which saw the company turnover increase by 400% and grow from 5 to 65 employees, to a critical partnership with Bangor University.

Publication date: 4 March 2014

Would seasonal forecasting enable us to cope with our changing weather?

We’ve experienced an exceptionally wet and windy winter, and while our weather forecasters are far better at telling us what to expect in the next two or three days, they still struggle with long range seasonal forecasting.

Work conducted since the 1970’s at Bangor University has contributed significantly to the models used by climate forecasters and others. The work has focused on understanding marine turbulence in the last two decades. The Ocean Physics group at the School of Ocean Sciences  have won over £6 million in research funding to further their work since 2007.

Publication date: 28 February 2014

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