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Projects with industry

Examples of agri-food, bioscience and biotechnology projects with industry.

These impact cases showcase some of the projects, products and services that the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network's Agri-Food and Bioscience & Biotechnology teams have assisted us to deliver.

Smart sensor to improve cow health

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A smart sensor developed by Well Cow Ltd wirelessly monitors rumen tempurature and pH, allowing optimisation of nutrition management for dairy cows to improve their health, welfare and overall production efficiency.

Boosting biofuels using ruminant enzymes

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Industry-academia collaboration is sequencing cow rumen metagenomes to find new enzymes for developing biofuels that don't impact on food production.

Boosting global food security

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Aviagen Ltd., Affymetrix UK Ltd. and the Roslin Institute develop new selection tools for use in chicken breeding that will improve feed efficiency and sustainable food production.

Detecting cow oestrus to improve efficiency

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A cutting-edge technology platform to assist dairy farmers to detect oestrous and other management aspects has been developed through funding secured with the help of the Bioscienes KTN.

UK benefits from EU-funded genetics & genomics research

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The Biosciences KTN instigated and coordinated "SABRE", a large pan-European project, thereby ensuring a large UK involvmement. Those involved now use new genomic knowledge in commercial products that have global impact on food security and sustainability.

Strategic alliance with Pfizer Animal Health

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The Roslin Institute is part of a unique research partnership involving one of the world’s leading animal health companies. The collaboration is the first of its kind in animal health and aims to find better ways of preventing and managing disease and advancing sustainable animal agriculture and welfare.

E. coli in pigs

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E. coli induced diarrhoea costs pig farmers in the UK up to £3.7 million each year. Jointly with a research group in Denmark, The Roslin Institute has developed a genetic test that is now being used by pig breeding companies around the world to select animals that are not susceptible to a strain of E. coli induced diarrhoea called swine dysentery. This could significantly reduce the cost of the disease to the UK economy.

Influenza therapeutic

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The Roslin Institute has developed a new generation of broad-spectrum anti-influenza peptides with the potential to treat as well as prevent, flu.


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The Roslin Institute is working with industry to breed chickens that are resistant to Campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. If successful, this could save the UK economy up to £600 million per year.