2014 saw the 50th anniversary of the Rothamsted Insect Survey (RIS) that has cataloged more than 30M insects across the UK – information that informs farmers of when pest species might hit their crops, what animal disease vectors are flying, and is used by ecologists around the world who are detecting the patterns that underpin the structure of biological communities.
Yet after 50 years its work is far from done. The RIS is now funded as a BBSRC National Capability – an institute-based resource intended to benefit the wider, global scientific community.
Throughout 2014 -- BBSRC's 20th anniversary -- BBSRC researchers will be exhibiting the best of British bioscience across the UK. This year-long programme of bioscience communication will showcase research to a broad public audience using exciting and engaging exhibitions. Then on 14-16 November all exhibitors will join BBSRC and partners at the Museum Gardens in London's Bethnal Green (subject to licence) for the Great British Bioscience Festival finale.
See the dates for the touring exhibits on our anniversary events page:
Visit our Great British Bioscience Festival London page for details about our finale event:
The world is facing a potential crisis in terms of food security. The challenge is to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way for a growing global population, which is projected to reach 9Bn by 2050.
See food security news from BBSRC is here:
Follow the BBSRC's work in the Global Food Security programme (http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk) on Twitter at @foodsecurityUK
Read more about BBSRC's work to tackle food security in the UK and across the world here:
Animals are bold, beautiful and can tell us a lot the natural world, the communities they live in, and the relationship we have with them tells us about ourselves too.
Here's a selection of animals who star in the natural (and not so natural) world.