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Brazilian crop-science project wins £4m from Newton Fund

The funding, administered by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, will be spent on four UK-Brazil projects aimed at improving wheat harvests.

Half of the funding for the projects comes from the Newton Fund and the rest is to be provided by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa, the BBSRC announced on 22 July.

The projects involve UK researchers from the National Institute for Agricultural Botany in Cambridge, the John Innes Centre in Norwich and Rothamsted Research in Harpenden. Aims include the tackling major crop diseases and exploiting symbiotic bacteria to create more sustainable varieties of wheat.

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