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The event also applauded the efforts of BBSRC in the success of their Young Entrepreneurs Scheme in developing science innovators of the future.
The scientific case for a new, state-of-the-art national centre for animal health research is overwhelming," said BBSRC chief executive Professor Douglas Kell.
Research on endemic disease came out as the top priority when we developed a technology roadmap for the animal breeding and animal health sectors, so this new initiative by BBSRC and other sponsors is a really good match between industrial need and high quality research," said Mr Warkup.
It's a decision for the BBSRC and whether they would want to move to a merger is not yet clear.
According to lead researcher Dr Antony Hooper of Rothamsted Research, an institute of BBSRC, "One way in which insects find each other and their hosts is by smell, or more accurately: the detection of chemical signals - pheromones, for example.
This coincides with a substantial investment from BBSRC to develop Rothamsted s Harpenden campus.
Dr Janet Allen, Director of Research, BBSRC said: "We have to be able to understand how healthy brains work before we can see what has gone wrong when a person's brain is affected by disease.
Building on this, over the next five years BBSRC and TSB are planning to support a significant programme of new investment in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy which will include the Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IB) Cat
This is a key milestone in the BBSRC funded research project "Triticeae Genomics for Sustainable Agriculture" in collaboration with TGAC, JIC, the European Bioinformatics Institute and Rothamsted Research.
Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC chief executive, said:Investing in advances in agriculture is vital, not only for our future food supply but also to help build the UK bio-economy.
BBSRC is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience and invests in worldclass bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public.
Dr Margariti has received a grant from the BBSRC UK Research Council for the project.