Archive for May, 2013

  • On my way to being a scientist

    Thursday, May 30th, 2013

    I knew I wanted to be a scientist when I realized that science was not about the truth. I know that this statement requires some clarification; it might help if I told you how I came to this realization. There is nothing particularly special about my story except, perhaps, for how it began.

    In the early [...]

  • UK: Top award – minimising pigs’ phosphorous excretion

    Friday, May 24th, 2013

    A BPEX-funded PhD student has won the prestigious President’s Award for a paper presented at the 2013 British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting.

    Vasilis Symeou’s work, at Newcastle University, is about minimising the amount of phosphorous (P) excreted from growing and finishing pigs. P is easily leached from soils and excessive amounts can cause water [...]

  • Neonicotinoid pesticides are a huge risk – so ban is welcome, says EEA

    Monday, May 6th, 2013

    The European Commission has decided to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides. These chemicals can harm honeybees, according to a large body of scientific evidence, so the European Environment Agency (EEA) commends the precautionary decision to ban them.
    The three banned insecticides are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam. A recent assessmentfrom the European Food Safety Authority also found that there were “high [...]

  • Project to Help Beef Producers Reduce Water Usage

    Saturday, May 4th, 2013

    Work behind ‘Testing the Water’, part two of EBLEX’s environmental roadmap, shows that 67 litres of valuable blue water, water taken out of the available water supply, is needed to produce one kilogram of beef and 49 litres to produce one kilogram of sheep meat.
    The project aims to reduce the use of blue water on farm [...]