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Christine Raines
President's Letter Spring 2018
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

Time is moving very quickly and I can hardly believe that I have been in this role for seven months!

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Peanuts that keep aflatoxin at bay: A threshold that matters
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

Aflatoxin contamination in peanuts is a major challenge for health and nutrition in both humans and livestock. In this article Sharma et al., provide convincing data that over-expression of defensin genes, or down-regulation of aflatoxin biosynthetic genes through host-induced gene silencing, can significantly reduce aflatoxin contamination of inoculated peanut seeds.

Bar Headed Geese
HumaNature
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

The HumaNature conference was held at the Natural History Museum on the 11th-12th November 2017. The two-day conference united medics, physiologists and biologists, all with a fascination for survival in extreme settings.

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Plant biotechnology for health and nutrition
Spring 2018
29 April 2018

Plants have always played a traditional role in medicine, as the beautifully illustrated and richly descriptive herbal books of ancient cultures show. In modern times, however, healthcare has become more synthetic, with pills and tablets more common than tinctures and infusions. But new advances in biotechnology will see plants taking centre stage again as a prime source of health promoting agents. These exciting developments will have an entire session - Plant biotechnology for health and nutrition – dedicated to them at the 2018 SEB Annual Meeting in Florence. Here is a sneak advance peek of what’s in store…