Bloggers For Peer Reviewed Research: The Contest

You may remember that we commented on an approach to enable blog entries covering peer reviewed research to be identified in some way (Highlighting the use of evidence). Well, whilst we had some comments about the specifics of the approach being taken, we broadly supported the idea. Now there is a competition to design an icon to…
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Claire Teeling

Claire Teeling Content Editor, Environmental Sciences I discovered a love for plants whilst working in a less than fulfilling job, so I enrolled on a practical horticulture course. This led on to a degree – and amongst other work experience – a six-month spell in Nepal, a job as plant breeding assistant at Thompson and…
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Highlighting the use of evidence

I spotted this blog article on Friday morning and sent it on to one of my colleagues, and soon it was sent around all the blog team here at CABI. This whole topic of the use of an icon/logo to highlight the use of peer-reviewed evidence has caused a great deal of discussion and a…
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Consultation on proposed EU Soil Framework Directive

The EU proposed a Framework Directive for Soils in September 2006, after a consultation with member states discovered that only nine had legislation to protect against soil degradation. This directive lays down a framework within which Member States must introduce domestic law and policy to protect their soils from various threats and ensure remediation of…
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No go for the GM Danio

Last week tropical fishkeepers in New Zealand were alerted to the presence of GM zebra danios available for sale online. The fish, which have been engineered to produce fluorescent proteins, are not authorised for sale in NZ and biosecurity officials have said that any fish traced would be collected and put down. The fish known…
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Organic tomatoes – better for your heart?

Having carried out organic farming research for three years prior to joining CABI, my attention is always grabbed by comparisons between organic and ‘conventional’ agriculture. The size of the organic food market continues to grow (the global organic food and drink market was projected to generate revenues of US$40 bn in 2006, according to British…
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Vicki Bonham

Dr Vicki Bonham Content Editor, Plant Sciences My background is in plant sciences with a BSc in botany and PhD in plant molecular biology. I spent 6 years working as a research fellow at the University of Reading on projects varying from searching for the ultimate birch tree (anatomically speaking) to making biodegradable packaging from…
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Katherine Cameron

Katherine CameronContent Editor (Environmental Sciences) & Mapping Coordinator My interest in the environmental sciences developed whilst I was studying Biological Sciences as an undergraduate at Oxford University where I specialised in Environmental Sciences and Animal Sciences. I carried out a fieldwork project in my final year looking at the use of hedgerows by insects and…
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Soil, a potential large scale carbon store

We have all heard in the news that to tackle climate change, greenhouse-gas emissions must be reduced on a global scale. Fossil fuel emissions still remain the largest contributor to the anthropogenic greenhouse effect, therefore reducing their contribution to global energy is key1. However, as this is a process that can not be done overnight,…
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David Hemming

Dr David Hemming Editor, CAB ReviewsI’ve been writing news about agricultural biotechnology since I joined CABI in 1988, following a genetics PhD at the University of Liverpool. It’s always been a fascinating area, at a scientific level and in terms of the responses to the technology. While working at CABI I took a Diploma in…
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