Find out which of our stories have been making local, national & international news headlines
A letter published in The Lancet by a number of food-integrity experts, including Professor Chris Elliott of IGFS, questioned the latest data around the health benefits (or otherwise) of eating unprocessed red meat.
It gained widespread coverage including The Times, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, The Grocer, Farming UK and Agriland.co.uk
Also this month, news of an all-Ireland food integrity hub, FOOD-I - in which IGFS will play a leading role - picked up widespread national coverage including Alpha Galileo; the Belfast Telegraph; the Irish Times; Farm Week; and Dairy Industry International.
News of a research paper led by Dr Ryan McGuire of IGFS and co-authored by prominent UK campaigner Lord Donald Curry of Kirkharle, arguing that investment in the quality of UK soils and peatlands could significantly boost the de-carbonisation of agriculture, generated widespread coverage in both mainstream and agricultural media.
Titles covering the soil research included Agriland.co.uk; the Ghana Herald; Business News Wales; Food and Drink Business Europe; and India Education Diary.
An IGFS response to an Independent Strategic Review of the Northern Ireland Agri-food Sector by Sir Peter Kendall also picked up solid coverage including the British Farming Forum on Facebook; Agriland.co.uk; and Food and Beverage News.
International research in which our colleague Professor Aedin Cassidy participated - which evidenced a link between foods containing flavonoids and a reduced mortality risk for sufferers of Parkinson's disease - gained widespread, global coverage including Science Daily; Asian News International; EurekAlert and Medical XPress.
A follow-up Queen's University news release generated over 30 items of regional and national coverage including Mail Online; the Irish Daily Mail; the Irish Sun; the Irish Independent; Newstalk FM; the Irish News; U105 and Highland Radio.
Full media coverage report available from email@example.com
The biggest hitter of the year so far, coverage of our research into feeding cows seaweed to reduce methane emissions, led by Prof Sharon Huws, garnered over 350 items of national and international coverage, including TIME magazine, AOL, Yahoo! Canada, The Independent, The Times, Mail Online, BBC Radio 4 and The Grocer.
Full list of media coverage on the seaweed story available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
News of the honorary professorship awarded to Dr John Gilliland of Devenish Nutrition also picked up local, national and international coverage, paritcularly across the agriculture and agrifood media, including Farm Week, Farming Life, Irish Farmers' Journal as well as the Derry Journal and The (Ghana) Herald.
News that Dr Julia Sigwart and team discovered a new breed of oyster and named it, plus launched a campaign to protect it and other important marine life in Malaysia, picked up solid coverage including Press Association, Yahoo!Canada, ITV, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish News as well as media outlets in Malaysia.
Full report of media coverage available on request from email@example.com
News that Dr Katerina Theodoridou's research into whether feeding ruminant livestock willow silage could mitigate against methane and ammonia emmissions, a project carried out in partnership with AFBI NI, picked up local, national and international coverage including the Farmers' Guardian, Agriland, the Herald Ghana, indianarrative.com and Feed Navigator.
Research led by Professor Aedin Cassidy of IGFS, revealing a link between flavonoid consumption (red wine, berries, etc), the gut microbiome and blood pressure, received excellent, international media coverage (over 200 items).
Coverage to date includes The Independent; The Times; TheWashingtonTime.com; the International Business Times (India edition); Sky News; Yahoo! New Zealand; SydneyNewsToday.com; The Independent; BBC Radio 4; The Irish Times; The Daily Mail; and Yahoo! Canada (full list available from IGFS Comms Officer Una Bradley firstname.lastname@example.org)
The news that Professor Chris Elliott, the founder of IGFS, received a prestigious 'Thought Leader' award from Agilent Technologies received solid local and national media coverage (47 items) including including in the Belfast Telegraph, Farm Week and Bloomberg Markets.
Separately, a story emanating from the School of Biological Sciences (in which IGFS is anchored) about life being possible in the atmosphere of Jupiter, researched by Dr John E Hallsworth, generated over 1,000 items of international coverage including Fox News, USA Today, ABC News, New Scientist and BBC World Service (full list available on request from IGFS Comms Officer Una Bradley email@example.com).
Research on hibernation in zebrafish by Prof Gary Hardiman - and how it might help advance efforts to induce 'hibernation' in astronauts to ward against adverse health effects - picked up excellent coverage in the media.
Zebrafish could help humans reach Mars!
This news story generated over 100 pieces of international, national and local media coverage including coverage in BBC Science, Euronews, International Business Times, The Science Times, The Sun, BBC Radio Ulster, The Irish Times, Irish News and The Belfast Telegraph.
(Full list available on request from IGFS Comms Officer Una Bradley firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Claire McEvoy's ongoing work to investigate the links between diet and healthy ageing, particularly brain health, has been picked up by local and national press. In this latest project, she and PhD student Rebecca Townsend will lead the QUB end of the Brain Health and Lifestyle Survey, conducted in partnership with Trinity College Dublin, Age NI, Institute of Public Health (Ireland) and Brain Health Scotland.
Brain Health and Lifestyle Survey (Dr Claire McEvoy)
20 April, Impact News Service (no link available)
22 April, Farm Week (hard copy only)
24 April, ENP Newswire (no link available)
Expert comment - Prof Chris Elliott
7 April, Prime Time (RTE) Medicines regulation failure threatens agri-food sector (rte.ie)
The news that IGFS was designated an International Collaborating Centre by the International Atomic Energy Agency - a branch of the wider United Nations - picked up significant media attention. Our welcoming of plans for a veterinary school in NI also got strong pick-up in regional press.
IGFS designated UN IAEA 'Collaborating Centre'
8 Mar, Agriland.co.uk Belfast-based IGFS to join UN research group - Agriland.co.uk
10 Mar, Farming Life Queen’s food-security institute honoured | Farming Life
12 Mar, SecuringIndustry.com SecuringIndustry.com - Atomic energy formalises links with QUB on food integrity
IGFS welcomes proposed vet school
22 March, Ulster Grocer NI’s first vet school would benefit agri-food sector - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
22 March, fleischwirtschaft.de Study: Institute welcomes proposed vet school (fleischwirtschaft.de)
22 March, Farmers Journal Queen's welcomes proposal for vet school in Northern Ireland 22 March 2021 Free (farmersjournal.ie)
22 March, NI Veterinary Today Queen's welcomes NI veterinary school analysis - Northern Ireland Veterinary Today (nivettoday.com)
23 March, the Irish News Vet school for north would `drive economic growth' - The Irish News
23 March, British Veterinary Association Northern Ireland vet school on the horizon - Veterinary Record - Wiley Online Library
New two-tier rice-fraud diagnostic (Dr Terry McGrath)
24 March, New Food magazine Clearing the murky waters of rice fraud - New Food Magazine - News feature
'Research Lives' Q&A column (Prof Lisa Connolly)
11 March, the Irish Times Measuring how plastic packaging disrupts our hormones (irishtimes.com)
The media leader this month was research by Prof Ilias Kyriazakis on how British pig farming has reduced its carbon footprint by up to 40% in the past 20 years, which received widespread coverage in the local, national and international agri media. Read More for details.
Also widely covered this month was research from Prof Moira Dean and Dr Fiona Lavelle.
24 Feb, Jioforme.com (news site) https://www.jioforme.com/studies-show-that-exchanging-imported-soybeans-reduces-carbon-in-pig-farms/198501/
24 Feb, Farm Week (hard copy only)
24 Feb, Envirotech (link unavailable)
24 Feb, National Hog Farmer https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/agenda/research-reveals-reduction-carbon-footprint-pig-farms
25 Feb, New Food magazine https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/139431/pig-farming-carbon-footprint/
26 Feb, The National Provisioner https://bit.ly/3rB1qm7
01 March, Veterinary Advantage https://vet-advantage.com/live_equine_news/u-k-pig-farms-lower-carbon-footprint-40-in-20-years-study/
01 March, Eurocarne https://eurocarne.com/noticias/codigo/49448
06 March, BSAS https://bit.ly/3ccMDaU
When should children learn to cook? (Prof Moira Dean & Dr Fiona Lavelle)
Seven articles & radio interviews including The Conversation UK, Yahoo! Finance, The Times Radio and The iNews
This month the big story came out of research led by Dr Fiona Lavelle on the effects of the Covid19 pandemic and associated lockdowns on how we eat, cook and shop for food. This attracted national & international coverage including the Irish Times, New Food magazine and India Education Diary. Dr Lavelle also wrote a corresponding article for The Conversation UK.
Also, a new project to research the use of mass spectrometry to develop a new, rapid test for bovine mastitis, spearheaded by Dr Simon Cameron, attracted widespread coverage in the agri media, locally, nationally and internationally.
04 Jan, healthnewsdigest.com HealthNewsDigest.com
04 Feb, Keep 106 FM (14mins in) https://keep106.com/2021/01/15/local-world-15-01/
05 Jan, Hippocratic Post Impact of COVID-19 on food behaviour - The Hippocratic Post
05 Jan, Belfast Telegraph Covid has stirred up our cooking habits, study led by QUB reveals - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
06 Jan, New Food magazine Survey reveals an increase in vegetable intake during pandemic (newfoodmagazine.com)
06 Jan, The Irish News Food behaviour in UK and Ireland altered significantly during Covid-19 - The Irish News
06 Jan, dentalhealth.ie New study reveals an increase in vegetable intake during pandemic | Dental Health Foundation
07 Jan, The Irish Times How Covid-19 changed what Ireland eats and cooks (irishtimes.com)
07 Jan, The Galway Advertiser Advertiser.ie - The pandemic has significantly changed how we shop, cook, and eat
07 Jan, De Standaard Double-page-spread news feature
08 Jan, Kildare FM https://soundcloud.com/kfmradiokildare/kildare-focus-080121
11 Jan, The Sligo Champion
Bovine Mastitis (Dr Simon Cameron)
27 items of coverage including Farm Week, Farming Life, Farmers Weekly, UK Farmer, Farmers Guardian, Agriland, Irish Farmers Journal, Scottish Farmers Journal. Full report available from email@example.com on request
A new test for Johne's Disease, an illness that affects cattle, has been pioneered by Professor Irene Grant and her team at IGFS and could be a game-changer for farmers, vets and the dairy industry.
30 Nov, Ontario Farmer New test for Johne’s Disease could be a game-changer | Ontario Farmer
30 Nov, The Scottish Farmer New test for Johne’s Disease | The Scottish Farmer
30 Nov, FarmingUK.com New test for Johne's Disease 'a game changer' for farmers - FarmingUK News
30 Nov, Feedstuffs.com New test for Johne’s disease could be game-changer | Feedstuffs
1 Dec, Farmers Weekly Scientists develop quicker, more accurate Johne's test - Farmers Weekly (fwi.co.uk)
1 Dec, MRCVS MRCVSonline | New Johne's disease test developed
1 Dec, TWNews.co.uk Scientists develop quicker, more accurate Johne’s test (twnews.co.uk)
1 Dec, eFeedlink.com eFeedLink - New test developed for Johne's Disease in dairy cattle
2 Dec, Downtown Radio News (no link available)
4 Dec, AgriOrbit.com New test for Johne’s disease could be a game-changer – AgriOrbit
4 Dec, BizCommunity.com New test for Johne's disease could be a game-changer (bizcommunity.com)
5 Dec, BizCommunity.Africa New test for Johne's disease could be a game-changer (bizcommunity.com)
5 Dec, The Southern Star newspaper (hard copy only)
6 Dec, Cape Business News New test for Johne’s disease could be a game-changer | Cape Business News (cbn.co.za)
6 Dec, Farming Life New test for Johne’s Disease | Farming Life
7 Dec, Agriland.co.uk New test for Johne’s disease branded ‘game-changer’ for farmers - Agriland.co.uk
9 Dec, FoodForMzansi.co.za New Johne’s disease test could be available in SA by 2021 | Food For Mzansi
11 Dec, Farmers Guardian (hard copy only)
31 Dec, Bridgnorth Journal (hard copy only)
The big hitter this month was research from Prof Gary Hardiman and Dr Willian da Silveira that establishes a new link between geriatric health symptoms observed in astronauts and damage to the mitochondrial function of human cells - and how targeted nutrition could help mitigate these issues.
25 Nov, Science Daily Space travel can adversely impact energy production in a cell -- ScienceDaily
25 Nov, BrightSurf.com Space travel can adversely impact energy production in a cell (brightsurf.com)
25 Nov, SpaceRef.com Space travel can adversely impact energy production in a cell (spaceref.com)
25 Nov, IndexDigital Index Digital | astronauts---health-problems-observed-during-space-missions
25 Nov, liveforever.club Decoded - why travelling through space can make you older (liveforever.club)
25 Nov, Fidonet Portal Fidonet Portal: earth » Space travel can adversely impact energy (3bsoft.com)
30 Nov, Select Science Link between cell damage in astronauts and geriatric-type he (selectscience.net)
IGFS in FestivalUK 2022 bid shortlist
15 Nov, Farming Life QUB joins bid for Festival UK 2022 | Farming Life
26 Nov, eea.org.uk Announcement: EEA and FestivalUK*2022 | EEA
5 Dec, the Ulster Star newspaper (hard copy only)
Our research into popular herb sage - which revealed at least one in four samples to be fraudulent - gained widespread media coverage including the Daily Mail, BBC Radio 4, Yahoo!, The Conversation UK & MSN.
21 Oct, New Food Fraud in herbs and spices hasn’t vanished - New Food Magazine
23 Oct, Food Navigator How safe is your sage? Study uncovers high levels of adulteration (foodnavigator.com)
27 Nov, Radio 4, (25mins in) https://bbc.in/36nbXt3
22 Oct, Belfast Telegraph QUB research finds sage to be 'heavily adulterated' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
23 Oct, Food Authenticity (blog) Search Results - News - FoodAuthenticity
25 Oct, Yahoo India/Canada/Singapore/Lifestyle An Alarming Amount of This Popular Herb Is Tampered With, New Study Finds (yahoo.com)
9 Nov, Hippocratic Post Sage news - The Hippocratic Post
23 Dec, The Conversation UK Are your Christmas spices fake? We developed a technique that can find out (theconversation.com)
- 30+ more items of national/international media
IGFS researchers help contain food-safety crisis in aid to Africa (Prof Chris Elliott)
08 Oct 2020, India Education Diary https://indiaeducationdiary.in/queens-university-belfast-scientists-support-major-food-security-investigation-in-aid-to-africa/
09 Oct 2020, Food Engineering magazine (USA) https://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/99144-when-lifesaving-humanitarian-food-aid-makes-people-sick
09 Oct 2020, New Food magazine https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/121494/food-contamination/
11 Oct 2020, Hippocratic Post https://www.hippocraticpost.com/out-of-africa/major-food-security-investigation-in-aid-to-africa/
13 Oct 2020, Food Safety News https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/10/researchers-show-ugandan-outbreaks-caused-by-single-batch-of-food-aid/
- 10+ more items of coverage
Zero carbon target for UK farmers - report (mentions IGFS research)
15 Oct 2020, Farm Week (hard-copy only)
15 Oct 2020, Engineers Ireland https://www.engineersireland.ie/Engineers-Journal/News/major-agri-report-highlights-difficulty-of-uk-net-zero-carbon-target
'Focus on Farmers' seminar series (featuring IGFS, mentions Prof Nigel Scollan)
10 Oct 2020, Farming Life https://www.farminglife.com/country-and-farming/focus-farmers-very-proving-popular-2998708
14 Oct 2020, Agrisearch.co.uk https://www.agrisearch.org/news
This month, a story about a shared research project between IGFS and agri technology firm, Devenish, got solid pick-up in the farming press.
In what's believed to be the world's first longitudinal study into the link between naturally occuring 'mycotoxins' and poultry performance, a strong link was found between even low levels of the toxin and performance.
The big story this month was the recognition of the ASSET lab at IGFS as a 'Centre for Expertise' by the Food Authenticity Network - a UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs initiative.
www.foodauthenticity.uk, 9 July http://www.foodauthenticity.uk/blog/three-new-food-authenticity-centres-of-expertise-added
New Food magazine, 29 July https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/article/115306/industry-responds-to-part-one-of-the-national-food-strategy/
News this month was dominated by the awarding by Queen's University Belfast of the honorary title, Professor of Practice, on longtime IGFS supporter & collaborator, Dr Michael Walker
www.lgcgroup.com, 26 June https://www.lgcgroup.com/newsroom-and-blog/news-and-blog/michael-walker-honoured-by-queens-university/
newfoodmagazine.com, 29 June (op-ed by Prof Chris Elliott) https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/article/112889/coronavirus/
plantbasednews.org, 29 June (extensively quotes above article) https://www.plantbasednews.org/lifestyle/migrant-workers-slaughterhouses-covid-19-hotspots
This month, the link between the coronavirus pandemic and global food systems became more apparent with a number of media items addressing the correlation.
Impact of Covid-19 on food landscape
Psychology Today, 11 May (quotes Prof Moira Dean) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/smart-people-don-t-diet/202005/food-thought-during-the-pandemic
The 'i' paper, 06 May (quotes Prof Chris Elliott) https://inews.co.uk/news/coronavirus-vitamin-d-diet-oily-fish-dairy-liver-covid-19-425415
IGFS-ECIT poultry project wins funding from McDonald's (Prof Niamh O'Connell)
News of IGFS' latest commercial food-diagnostics spinout, Cibus Analytic, hit local headlines this month, Read More for details.
Dr Danielle McCarthy also saw great success from her article for The Conversation - it quickly rose to the Top 10 most-read articles on The Conversation from Queen's University.
IGFS launches new diagnostics spinout company, Cibus Analytical (Prof Chris Elliott, Dr Simon Haughey, Dr Terry McGrath, Pamela Galvin-King)
BusinessEye.co.uk, 08 April http://www.businesseye.co.uk/cibus-analytical-raises-570000-seed-fundingq/
Foodauthenticity.uk, 08 April http://www.foodauthenticity.uk/blog/list/tag/cibus+analytical
Frozenandchilledfoods.com, 08 April https://www.frozenandchilledfoods.com/2020/04/cibus-analytical-raises-570000-seed-funding-ahead-of-launching-new-food-fraud-testing-service/
Ulster Grocer, 09 April https://www.ulstergrocer.com/2020/04/cibus-analytical-to-launch-new-food-fraud-testing-service/
InsiderMedia.com, 09 April https://www.insidermedia.com/news/ireland/food-testing-specialist-completes-six-figure-seed-funding-round
Food & Drink Business Europe, 14 April https://www.fdbusiness.com/belfast-based-cibus-analytical-raises-570000-seed-funding-in-fight-to-stop-food-fraud/
Farm Week, 23 April https://farmweek.com/food-testing-specialist-gains-seed-funding/
Home Cooking Means Healthier Eating (Dr Danielle McCarthy)
Play-fighting Helps Equip Animals for Later Life (Dr Gareth Arnott)
The Conversation, 28 April https://theconversation.com/play-fighting-helps-equip-animals-for-later-life-new-research-136969
This month saw longtime IGFS supporter (and a member of the IGFS Industry Advisory Board) and NI agrifood industry leader, Declan Billington, honoured with a professorship at Queen's University for his work on Brexit negotiations and furthering partnerships between the agrifood industry and academic research.
Ulster Grocer, 31 March https://www.ulstergrocer.com/2020/03/agri-food-expert-honoured-by-queens-university/
northernirelandchamber.com, 10 March http://www.northernirelandchamber.com/member-news/top-ni-businessman-agri-food-expert-honoured-queens-university/
BuyNIFood.com, 11 March https://www.buynifood.com/node/3900
Farm Week, 23 March https://farmweek.com/ni-agri-food-expert-honoured-by-queens/
Dr Simon Doherty appointed to European food-safety body
Belfast Newsletter, 28 March (hard copy only)
meatmanagement.com, 25 March https://meatmanagement.com/queens-university-belfast-academic-appointed-to-european-vet-body/
Farm Week, 13 April https://farmweek.com/ballygowan-vet-appointed-to-key-european-body/
Coronavirus & food (expert comment by Prof Chris Elliott)
New Food, 31 March https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/podcast/coronavirus/
The big story in February was the all-Ireland Great Agri-Food Debate, hosted by IGFS at Queen's and sponsored by Dawn Meats and McDonald's (Ireland). Coverage is still coming in, but so far the story has been well picked up by the local farming media.
Great AgriFood Debate (IGFS event)
17 Feb, Irish Farmers’ Journal https://www.farmersjournal.ie/great-agri-food-debate-goes-north-of-the-border-for-the-first-time-527707
18 Feb, Q Radio, News bulletin (6:05mins) https://bit.ly/2SRKZmw
18 Feb, Business Eye http://www.businesseye.co.uk/queens-host-island-agri-food-debate/
19 Feb, Irish Country Living https://www.farmersjournal.ie/six-colleges-to-go-head-to-head-in-great-agri-food-debate-527627
27 Feb, Good Morning Ulster programme, BBC Radio Ulster https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fpk2
27 Feb, Evening Extra programme, BBC Radio Ulster (22.10mins in) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fpkq
29 Feb, Farm Gate programme, BBC Radio Ulster (10:48 mins in) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fyn1
27 Feb, Irish Farmers’ Journal https://www.farmersjournal.ie/ucd-win-great-agri-food-debate-final-in-belfast-530096
3 March, BBC Radio Ulster, Farming Matters programme (38:10mins in) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000fw8n
4 March, Irish Farmers’ Journal https://www.farmersjournal.ie/ucd-bring-home-the-bacon-in-agri-debate-530227
Breastfeeding event, NI Science Festival (Dr Simon Cameron research)
20 Feb, U105 The Frank Mitchell Show (10:36:10mins) https://bit.ly/3c5Pn8W
Restaurant food fraud (featuring segment on IGFS & comment by Prof Chris Elliott)
24 Feb, BBC Wales TV, X-Ray (consumer) programme https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000fvhq/xray-series-19-episode-13
Plasma technology used for agrifood (Prof Brendan Gilmore research)
11 Feb, BBC Radio 4, Farming Today programme https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f6vj#play
Is going Vegan good for your health? (featuring comment by Prof Chris Elliott)
24 Feb, The Daily Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/diet/going-vegan-may-good-environment-damaging-health/
Dr Claire McEvoy and Professor Jayne Woodside's research into the relationship between diet and disease in India - and the lack of data at a national level on the same - picked up great international coverage, mainly in India, with over 70 items of coverage including the Indian Express, India.com, Times of India and the United News of India.
Food Integrity Conference – interview with Prof Moira Dean
New Food magazine, 2 Jan https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/article/101086/developing-better-risk-communication/
Meat-eaters shamed (featuring audio clip comment from BBC Radio Ulster interview with Prof Chris Elliott)
The Sun, 23 Jan https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10806063/meat-eaters-shamed/
Mycotoxins (Prof Chris Elliott & Prof Rudi Krska event)
15 Jan, allaboutfeed.net https://www.allaboutfeed.net/Mycotoxins/Articles/2020/1/WMFmeetsAsia-Top-5-answers-learned-527054E/
Industry partners with Food Standards Scotland to fight food fraud (Prof Chris Elliott involvement)
Food Standards Scotland, 21 Jan https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/news-and-alerts/fss-collaborates-with-scottish-businesses-to-tackle-food-crime
Grampianonline.co.uk, 25 Jan https://www.grampianonline.co.uk/news/food-standards-scotland-collaborates-to-tackle-food-crime-190191/
We saved the best for last! The award for biggest IGFS media sensation of 2019 goes to Dr Brian Green, Dr William Crowe and Prof Chris Elliott, who found that not all processed meat carries the same cancer risk. That finding picked up over 370 items of coverage including The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Irish Times, Newswise (US), IndiaTimesPost, Medical.net (Australia), Yahoo Singapore, RTE Radio and BBC Radio Ulster.
Dr Jonny Dalzell's fun explainer on mistletoe and PhD student Joshua Twining's work on pine martens also did well.
Pine Martens and Red Squirrels link (research by PhD student Joshua Twining)
ScienceDaily.com, 13 Dec https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191213080709.htm
EurekAlert!, 12 Dec https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/bes-nir121119.php
Headlinezpro.com, 13 Dec https://headlinezpro.com/red-squirrels-are-on-the-comeback-trail/
Herald Publicist, 12 Dec https://heraldpublicist.com/red-squirrels-are-on-the-comeback-trail/
Newsfeeds.media, 12 Dec https://newsfeeds.media/red-squirrels-are-on-the-comeback-trail/
Why we kiss under the mistletoe – an explainer (Dr Jonny Dalzell)
New online courses at IGFS / EIT Food
Flavour conference (featuring comment by Prof Moira Dean)
The biggest hitter media-wise for November - and a record-breaker generally - was coverage of Dr Hansjoerg Kunc's meta-analysis of noise pollution and the threat it poses to more than 100 species - across land, sea and air.
It garnered sensational coverage - too many to list here - around 350 items of local, national and international news stories including in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio 4, BBC Inside Science, Yahoo News Australia, South China Morning Post, France 24 and the Kuwait Times.
George Robertson Memorial Lecture
Irish Farmers’ Journal, 7 Nov https://bit.ly/33Ptm94
BBC Radio Ulster, Good Morning Ulster, 7 Nov https://bbc.in/34L9yoy
BBC Radio Ulster, Evening Extra, 7 Nov https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0009yrv
BBC Radio Ulster, Farm Gate, 9 Nov https://bbc.in/2Q76KOd
BBC Radio Ulster, Farming Matters, 12 Nov https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000b5v8
Farming Life, 13 November https://bit.ly/2Panpyq
Irish Farmers’ Journal, 14 Nov https://bit.ly/34NVRph
Statins & prostate cancer link (Dr Emma Allott)
47 x items of local, national and international coverage including the Irish Times, ABC online, the Flordia Post, the Belfast Telegraph, the Daily Mail. Available as separate document on request.
‘Honey laundering’ – expert comment (Prof Chris Elliott)
65 x items of local, national and international coverage including the Sunday Times, BBC Online, New Food magazine and dozens of regional BBC radio news coverage
Basking sharks’ transatlantic journeys research (PhD student Emmett Johnston and Dr Jon Houghton)
10 x items of national and international coverage including CNN, Radio Canada International, New York's WPIX TV, phys.org and the LongRoom.com (USA). Details available on request
Pine Martens’ adaptable diets (research by PhD student Joshua Twining)
4 x items of local and national coverage including the Irish News, the Belfat News Letter and Countryfile.co.uk
Can DNA survive every environment on Earth (featuring comment by Dr John Hallsworth)
BusinessMayor.com, 14 Nov https://bit.ly/2LjDnoA
Meat versus environment debate (featuring comment by Prof Nigel Scollan)
BBC Food, 27 Nov https://bbc.in/2YpnkLD
This month there was great interest in the news that Professor Jayne Woodside and Dr Brian Green had each been awarded highly prestigious funding for international nutrition research in the shape of US-Ireland Awards. The story did very well in internal comms and social media but was also picked up by some external outlets, expand out to see the details
Read more to see what else got published in October
Jayne Woodside/Brian Green research (US-Ireland awards)
Public Health Agency NI, 10 Oct https://research.hscni.net/queens-nutrition-scientists-selected-major-international-research-projects
Belfast News Letter, 11 Oct (hard copy only)
Lord Mark Price to deliver GSR Memorial Lecture
Downtown Radio, news bulletin, 9 Oct (1:02:50mins in) https://planetradio.co.uk/downtown/player/79154610/
Manmade noise interfering with birdsong (Dr Gareth Arnott)
This item was previously covered in June 2019
RTE Radio 1, Mooney Goes Wild programme, 14 Oct https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21636967
Heart-Healthy Diet & Brain Function link (Dr Claire McEvoy research)
This item was previously covered in April 2019
BruDirect.com (Brunei news website), 04 Oct https://www.brudirect.com/news.php?id=77933
Media coverage for September was dominated by news of the genome sequencing of the wild brown trout - research carried out by a team co-ordinated by the Sanger Institute, which included Professor Paulo Prodohl. See below for highlights and read more to get full coverage and other items of IGFS making headlines this month
EurekAlert!, 4 Sept https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/wtsi-btg090419.php
Alpha Galileo, 4 Sept https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Print/itemId/182490/userId/-1/cultureCode/en-GB
DNA Brown Trout: cont.
Physics.Org, 5 Sept https://phys.org/news/2019-09-brown-trout-genome-species-genetic.html
Sanger Institute, 5 Sept https://www.sanger.ac.uk/news/view/brown-trout-genome-will-help-explain-species-genetic-superpowers
TheFishSite.com, 5 Sept https://thefishsite.com/articles/the-stage-is-set-to-solve-the-riddle-of-the-brown-trout
World Fishing & Aquaculture, 11 Sept https://www.worldfishing.net/news101/fish-farming/brown-trout-genetic-superpowers-explained
Institute of Fisheries Mgmt, 13 Sept https://bit.ly/2MXJU9Z
Envirotec magazine, 23 Sept https://bit.ly/2WkPdDs
ooreporters.com (Nigeria), 23 Sept https://bit.ly/2Pv5wvS
SalmonFishingForum.com (blog), 23 Sept https://bit.ly/2BUb1wg
DownToEarth.org, 24 Sept https://bit.ly/2WsBevd
TechaPeek.com, 24 Sept https://bit.ly/34gAUlR
FishingWire.com, 24 Sept https://www.thefishingwire.com/releases/9df43500-20f4-4a5f-a250-c7c05cbfec63
The Irish Examiner, 8 Oct (hard copy only)
Afloat.ie, 8 Oct https://bit.ly/34aYtwp
PressReader.ie, 8 Oct https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/irish-examiner/20191008/281775630907552
Food Fraud after Horsemeat (TV; Prof Chris Elliott)
Defenders UK, BBC One, 9 Sept https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0008cpy/defenders-uk-series-2-episode-6
Invasive Species (TV; Prof Jaimie Dick)
10 Things To Know About …, RTE 1, 10 Sept https://bit.ly/2q1EEZX
IGFS-OFC event - ‘Growing A Healthy Society: Role Of Food’
Farm Week, 18 Sept https://farmweek.com/queens-to-discuss-how-best-to-feed-the-world/
Farming Life, 21 Sept https://www.farminglife.com/farming-news/nutritional-risks-biggest-killer-1-9079526
The Hippocractic Post, 23 Sept https://bit.ly/2MUQTjO
Seeker News, 25 Sept https://seekernews.co.uk/nutrional-risks-replace-smoking-as-societys-biggest-killer/
Ulster Grocer, 19 Sept https://bit.ly/2ppTDwB
Mycotoxin threat in Animal Feed (quotes Prof Chris Elliott)
Irish Examiner, 30 Sept https://bit.ly/2NlUsPd
The IGFS hit for August - traditionally a quiet month for media - was Dr Mary Baxter's fascinating think-piece for The Conversation website, Finding Signs of Happiness in Chickens, which got great traction on social media, as well as being picked up elsewhere. Read more to see what else from IGFS was getting attention this month
Yahoo.com, 1 Aug https://bit.ly/31AAu8t
PopSci.com, 2 Aug https://www.popsci.com/chicken-emotion-happiness-animal-welfare/
Debate around eating less meat and more plants (quotes Prof Nigel Scollan)
The Daily Telegraph, 08 Aug https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/eat-less-red-meat-reduce-climate-change-un-urges/
Goldsmiths Uni bans beef from campus in order to meet carbon-neutral target (quotes Prof Chris Elliott)
Farmers Weekly, 13 Aug https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/farm-anger-as-university-bans-beef-from-campus
Parallel beef supply chains & food safety (by Prof Chris Elliott & Prof Moira Dean)
New Food Magazine, 13 Aug https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/article/90413/food-safety-in-depth-focus-august-2019/
How to cook rice safely (quotes Prof Andy Meharg)
Effect of microplastics (Prof Chris Elliott; Dr Cuong Cao)
this item was previously covered in June 2019
Dr Julia Sigwart certainly won the media-coverage race with her research indicating that the scaly-foot sea snail is now considered endangered, published in Nature. It went on to receive widespread international and national media coverage - too numberous to list here - 220 items, and still trickling through - but including The Conversation, Forbes, The Smithsonian, BBC World Service, The Times, The Daily Mail and International Business Times India.
Read more to see what else caught the zeitgeist in July
Brown trout welfare (Prof Paulo Prodohl)
Galloway Gazette, 7 July https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/how-now-brown-trout-of-our-area-1-4959914
Food labelling (TV; featuring Prof Chris Elliott)
BBC 2 TV, Horizon programme, 8 July https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006p3j/horizon-2019-4-the-honest-supermarket-whats-really-in-our-food
Spice authenticity (quotes Prof Chris Elliott)
Sunday Business Post, 21 July https://www.businesspost.ie/magazine/spice-up-your-life-448421
The big hit for this month was Dr Gareth Arnott's research into birdsong and how it may be being disrupted by manmade noise pollution - this garnered 44 items (and counting) of local, national and international coverage, too much to list, including the Guardian, BBC Radio 4, the Irish Times, the Daily Mail, BBC Inside Science and CBBC Newsround
Also making headlines this month was the launch of the AgriPlas lab at IGFS. Read more to see all details of this and other stories
Farm to Fork agriculture-news programme – syndicated to more than 170 radio stations across USA – 26 July http://www.northshoreproductions.com/index_htm_files/farmtofork-072619.mp3
Farmers Weekly (UK-wide), 2 July https://bit.ly/2xo1WJJ
BBC Radio Ulster, Evening Extra programme, 17 June (1.20.10 mins in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0006030
BBC Radio Ulster, Good Morning Ulster programme, 17 June (12.20 mins in): https://bbc.in/2Ropo2V
Downtown Radio breakfast news, 25 June (1.02.50 mins in): https://planetradio.co.uk/downtown/player/68063400/
Farm Week, 27 June (front-page lead story) hard copy only, PDFs attached
Irish Examiner, 27 June, hard copy only
Belfast News Letter, 22 June, hard copy only
Plastics and effect on human health (Prof Chris Elliott, Dr Cuong Cao)
News-Medical.net Australia, 14 June European Commission awards half a million pounds to tackle problems posed by plastics
Sync NI, 13 June QUB research to investigate the health effects of plastics
AlphaGalileo, 13 June New Queen’s University research to tackle plastics, one of mankind’s greatest threats to existence
Packaging South Asia, 13 June Queen’s University Belfast to assess damage caused by nano plastics and microplastics
East Coast FM, 13 June Plastics coverage
BBC Northern Ireland, 13 June Plastics research mention
The Irish Daily Star, 12 June BOFFINS PROBE PLASTIC TERROR
InvestorIdeas, 11 June New Queen's University research to tackle plastics, one of mankind's greatest threats to existence
Allergy Conference (Prof Katrina Campbell)
MIL (NZ) website, 27 June https://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2019/06/27/mil-osi-united-kingdom-new-allergen-labelling-law-to-be-introduced-by-government/
Kew Gardens report on animal & plant species degradation (Dr Neil Reid)
BBC Radio Foyle, One O’Clock News, 11 June, interview & commentary Dr Neil Reid (26mins in): https://bbc.in/31qNvlU
Seafood safety (Prof Chris Elliott)
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours programme, 7 June (27:15 mins in) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0005mj9
By far the biggest media story IGFS generated in May was its Annual Lecture, delivered by Sir Tim Smit of the Eden Project. Interest in what Sir Tim had to say was huge, not least because of plans to creat a 'mini Eden' in Northern Ireland. The item gained 85 news stores in local and national press, including AOL.com, BT.com, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Farmers' Journal - and the whole of the front page on the Derry Journal!
Read more to see what else caught the media imagination in May, including the Balmoral Show
Jellyfish research (Dr Jon Houghton)
this item was previously covered extensively in March/April 2019 and Autumn 2018
Horsemeat scandal (Prof Chris Elliott)
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours programme, 6 May (1:07mins in) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0004sc1
Balmoral Show (featuring discussion on farming sustainability, in which Prof Nigel Scollan is contributor)
RTE Radio 1, Countryside, 18 May (37 mins in) https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/11038022
Balmoral Show (featuring AFBI-QUB Breakfast, comments by Prof Nigel Scollan)
Farm Week, 3 June https://farmweek.com/responsive-research-from-the-afbi-qub-partnership/
Farming Life, 25 May, digital copy no longer available
- 17 more items of regional coverage including Ballymoney and Moyle Times; Dromore Leader; Portadown Times and Ulster Star
Play in piglets research (Dr Gareth Arnott)
this item was previously covered in April 2019
BBC Radio Foyle, Mark Patterson Show, 29 May (1:03hr in): https://bbc.in/30VWHhW
GENIUS network funding news (Prof Jayne Woodside)
BuyNIFood.com, 21 May http://www.buynifood.com/news-events/2574/major-award-for-schoolfood-project
Project Daire (Prof Jayne Woodside)
Derry News, 27 May, hard copy only
WeValueFood workshop (event)
BuyNIFood.com, 28 May http://www.buynifood.com/news-events/2578/foodengagement-workshop-planned-for-local
A big-hitter this month was Dr Claire McEvoy whose research into links between a heart-healthy diet and brain function in middle age was covered internationally, picking up over 50 items of coverage including the New York Times, AOL.com, EurekAlert!, BBC Radio Foyle, the Daily Mail, Scottish Herald & The Sun.
Meanwhile, Professor Andy Meharg's ongoing research into arsenic in rice - specifically, the discovery that parboiling could reduce arsenic levels - scooped over 150 items of coverage including BBC Radio Foyle, AOL, Yahoo!, ScienceDaily, EurekAlert!, Newswise, Daily Mirror & NDTV India. Read more for other mentions of IGFS
Jellyfish providing shelter for smaller fish (Dr Jon Houghton)
this item was previously covered in March 2019
Pet Business World, 24 April Jellyfish seen in new light
QUB Ag-Tech Symposium (Veganism V. Meat debate - Prof Nigel Scollan quoted)
Irish Farmers' Journal 06 April (hard copy only)
Belfast News Letter, 06 April (hard copy only)
Play in piglets research (Dr Gareth Arnott)
Farming Life, 20 April (hard copy only; digital version no longer available)
Pig World, 23 April, http://www.pig-world.co.uk/news/pig-behaviour-surprises-researchers.html
Food & Farming Futures, 25 April https://www.foodandfarmingfutures.co.uk/Library/content/Detail.aspx?ctID=ZWVhNzBlY2QtZWJjNi00YWZiLWE1MTAtNWExOTFiMjJjOWU1&rID=MTkxNzM=&sID=MQ==&bckToL=VHJ1ZQ==&qcf=&ph=VHJ1ZQ==
IGFS in the headlines
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