News Archive 2020
Damage caused to human cells during spaceflight appears to be the underlying cause of health issues observed in astronauts, it has been discovered by researchers from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and School of Biological Sciences.
Testing for COVID-19 is now underway at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), significantly increasing the Department of Health’s testing capacity in Northern Ireland for COVID-19.
IGFS has joined forces with homegrown Great British Bake Off star Andrew Smyth and Jamie Oliver’s team to bid for a place in Festival UK* 2022 - a massive showcase of arts and science creativity to take place across the UK in 2022.
How safe is your Sage? That’s the question posed by researchers at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) after finding more than a quarter of samples of the popular herb were adulterated – some by as much as 58%.
An independent report assessing the carbon intensity of UK livestock production systems has identified that currently available technologies cannot deliver even half the industry’s 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal.
Scientists from IGFS helped identify the cause of a crisis – and avert a larger catastrophe – in humanitarian aid to Africa run by the World Food Programme (WFP), it has emerged.
As part of its Covid-19 response, IGFS is offering a free, online course in partnership with the international knowledge and innovation community, EIT Food to help cultivate a new generation of food experts.
The ASSET Technology Centre, at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast, has been recognised in the area of combatting food fraud.
IGFS researchers and leading agri technology company Devenish have partnered on a longitudinal study to prove the negative effect of low levels of mycotoxins on broiler chicken health and performance.
A leading academic from IGFS and the School of Biological Sciences, Dr Simon Doherty, has been invited to chair a high-level European working group in the area of food integrity.
A leading expert in food safety and authenticity, and a longtime partner of IGFS, has received an honorary professorship from Queen’s University Belfast.
It may seem far-fetched, but it’s possible to use your smartphone to detect diseases, write Professor Chris Elliott, Dr Gonçalo Rosas da Silva & Dr Joost Laurus Dinant Nelis
The School of Biological Sciences, in which IGFS is anchored, has renewed its Athena Swan Gold Award - making it a third, consecutive Gold for the School.
Eating and cooking more at home could be an opportunity to change food habits for the better, writes Dr Danielle McCarthy, Senior Lecturer at IGFS / School of Biological Sciences.
From wildlife roaming free in deserted urban areas to a captive tiger with coronavirus, the impact Covid 19 has had on animals is explored by Dr Neil Reid, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology.
Cibus Analytical will build on a decade of research at IGFS. As well as offering a lab testing service, it will offer innovative, portable testing tools to allow customers to raplidly test for food authenticity and safety across global supply chains.
The office of the UK Government Chemist and the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's have partnered on a review of methods and issues related to determining the authenticity of commercial coconut water.
Dr Jean Kennedy, Head of Research Resources with leading, international agri-technology company Devenish, has joined Queen’s University Belfast as Entrepreneur in Residence.
A leading member of the Northern Ireland business community has received an honorary professorship from Queen’s University Belfast.
New research by an international team, including two nutritionists from IGFS, aims to better understand the link between diet and disease in India.
Queen’s University Belfast will engage with some of the most hotly contested topics of our time when students from all over Ireland converge on its campus for the annual Great Agri-Food Debate.