Exploitation of agri-food chain co-products and biomass

Lead Research Organisation: Institute of Food Research
Department Name: Contracts

Abstract

As part of a strategic drive to increase sustainability, food and energy there is increasing strategic interest in exploiting wastes, co-products and general biomass from UK agriculture.

This project seeks to develop approaches to disassemble plant cell walls and plant structures in order to enhance the exploitation of valuable components, and to convert residual lignocellulose to biofuels and platform chemicals.

The project will involve the use of novel physical pretreatments including steam explosion, and the use of life cycle analysis for evaluating environmental impact.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description 1) Using novel rapid throughput methods, we have definitively demonstrated that variation in wheat straw biomass quality is highly dependent on the varietal ratios of key organs e.g. leaf and stem. This provides relevant knowledge for downstream breeding strategies.
2) Further development of the rapid throughput methods have enabled us to screen a range of phenotypic characteristics of the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (ongoing). This work has resulted in several patent filings (not yet published).
3) This has also resulted in uplift activities including:
(a) visiting researchers from Vietnam working on rice straw variation (in collaboration with University of York);
(b) BBSRC Newton fund project with Vietnam (in collaboration with University of York)
(c) EMBRAPA (Brazil) LABEX partnership for 3 years;
(d) BBSRC Newton fund project with EMBRAPA (Brazil);
(e) Co-directorship of BBSRC NIBB "FoodWasteNet"
(f) Two NIBB-funded Proof of Concept grants and one Business Innovation Voucher in collaboration with several industries;
(g) Two substantial Innovate UK projects on waste stream exploitation (with large/key industry players)
(h) 4 PhD studentships
(i) BBSRC IBTI project (in collaboration with Prof. Ian Bancroft at Univ. York)
(j) Local (Norwich Research Park) Translational Fund project (awarded, post appointed)
(k) Two large-scale EU project FUSIONS and REFRESH which are leading to further international collaborations and advice to policy makers;
(l) BBSRC DRINC project
(m) Continuation of the Total Food series of international conferences on the exploitation of agri-food chain residues
(n) Founding membership of the BioPilotsUK Consortium of Biorefinery Research Facilities in the UK (IFR is the southern-most located facility).
(o) circa 15 visiting students on e.g. Erasmus funding.
(p) BBSRC-funded sLoLa in collaboration with (and coordinated by) Professor Ian Bancroft at University of York
(q) Co Directorship of the Norwich Research Park Industrial Biotechnology Alliance (Director, Prof. Anne Osbourn
Exploitation Route Research outcomes are continually made available to both collaborators and other groups through a wide range of dissemination and communication activities and we regularly take advantage of resulting interest through joint research proposals. It is important to note that in the future, benefits will arise mainly from the use of our published literature. Although financially and scientifically sustainable, the Biorefinery Centre and its ongoing externally-funded research projects have been closed and its core staff have been made redundant as of 31st March 2018. This is a strategic decision made by the new Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) which grew out of the old IFR,
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Education,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL https://www.biorefinerycentre.org/
 
Description As indicated in other parts of this form, many externally funded projects have resulted from this on-going work, including fundamental and applied research, both national and international. Future research was to continue to be closely linked with the UK National Collection of Yeast Cultures national capability. Other outcomes such as large DEFRA funded studies (HOOCH project and others) are not included in the Research Fish exercise and thus are not represented as successes. It is important to note that in the future, benefits will arise mainly from the use of our published literature. Although financially and scientifically sustainable, the Biorefinery Centre and its ongoing externally-funded research projects have been closed and its core staff have been made redundant as of 31st March 2018. This is a strategic decision made by the new Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) which grew out of the old IFR,
First Year Of Impact 2007
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Global Food Security Programme report - Food waste within global food systems
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/assets/pdfs/food-waste-report.pdf
 
Description Industrial Biotechnology Process Plant Study
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/about/policies/reviews/scientific-areas/1503-industrial-biotechnology-process...
 
Description Input to BIS roadmap to high value bioeconomy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/408940/BIS-15-146_Bioecono...
 
Description Transition to responsibly sourced growing media within UK Horticulture
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan
 
Description Waste Opportunities: stimulating a bioeconomy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/science-and-technology-comm...
 
Description Call for sustainable UK horticulture
Amount £161,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description EU Horizon 2020
Amount £990,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2015 
End 06/2019
 
Description FOODWASTENET NIBB Business Innovation Voucher
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description FOODWASTENET NIBB Proof of Concept Grant
Amount £32,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 02/2016
 
Description Innovate UK
Amount £141,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 10/2016
 
Description LBNET NIBB
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
Amount £78,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 03/2018
 
Description Newton
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 06/2017
 
Description Norwich Research Park Translational Fund
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Norwich Research Park 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Walsh Fellowships
Amount £95,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description sLoLA
Amount £551,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 03/2018
 
Title Improved bioethanol yield from waste paper 
Description Waste paper, particularly shredded paper that cannot be recycled, has effectively been pre-treated, with much of the lignocellulosic structure broken down allowing researchers at IFR to produce high concentrations of bioethanol for the first time matching the yields obtained from first generation biofuels. A specialised pilot bioreactor able to mix the material needed to be used. Adding the paper in batches also allowed digestion to occur, preventing the material from becoming too thick. Enzymes were then used to break down the complex carbohydrates (saccharification) to simple sugars that yeast ferments into ethanol. After an initial enzyme treatment, further saccharification feeds sugars into yeast fermentation simultaneously. This, along with the mixing and the batch addition of paper waste keeps the bioreactor working steadily and a final ethanol yield of 11.6% - as high as that in current commercial biofuel production and higher than any other reported yields from paper or paper pulp waste streams.. The researchers believe that there is considerable room to improve on this figure even more, by optimising batch addition regimes and the initial enzyme concentrations (which are low to reduce input costs). Different yeast strains may convert sugars to ethanol more efficiently, for example heat-tolerant yeasts may be better suited the exact conditions in this set-up. The researchers are working with the National Collection of Yeast Cultures, a BBSRC-supported National Capability based at IFR, to investigate this. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Not known 
URL https://quadram.ac.uk/waste-paper-biofuels/
 
Title Improvements in or relating to printing biological compositions as microarrays 
Description Plant cell wall (PCW) composition determines the nature and quality of many biologically derived products and, therefore, is a major target for genetic improvement. However, the identities and functions of many genes involved in PCW synthesis are still not known. Genome-wide association mapping studies (GWAS) are one of the few ways to identify these genes. However, collecting precise and quantitative PCW phenotype data at the scale required for GWAS is a significant challenge. We have demonstrated that high-density carbohydrate microarrays can be used as a PCW phenotyping strategy suitable for GWAS. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The results obtained using this method will aid in the understanding of PCW genetics and crop breeding for improved PCW composition. 
URL http://www.pnas.org/content/114/26/6860
 
Title Methodology for enabling high-throughput simultaneous saccharification and fermentation screening of yeast using solid biomass as a substrate 
Description High-throughput (HTP) screening is becoming an increasingly useful tool for collating biological data which would otherwise require the employment of excessive resources. Second generation biofuel production is one such process. HTP screening allows the investigation of large sample sets to be undertaken with increased speed and cost effectiveness. This paper outlines a methodology that will enable solid lignocellulosic substrates to be hydrolyzed and fermented at a 96-well plate scale, facilitating HTP screening of ethanol production, whilst maintaining repeatability similar to that achieved at a larger scale. The results showed that utilizing sheets of biomass of consistent density (handbills), for paper, and slurries of pretreated biomass that could be pipetted allowed standardized and accurate transfers to 96-well plates to be achieved (±3.1 and 1.7%, respectively). Processing these substrates by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) at various volumes showed no significant difference on final ethanol yields, either at standard shake flask (200 mL), universal bottle (10 mL) or 96-well plate (1 mL) scales. Substrate concentrations of up to 10% (w/v) were trialled successfully for SSFs at 1 mL volume. The methodology was successfully tested by showing the effects of steam explosion pretreatment on both oilseed rape and wheat straws. This methodology could be used to replace large shake flask reactions with comparatively fast 96-well plate SSF assays allowing for HTP experimentation. Additionally this method is compatible with a number of standardized assay techniques such as simple colorimetric, High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Furthermore this research has practical uses in the biorefining of biomass substrates for second generation biofuels and novel biobased chemicals by allowing HTP SSF screening, which should allow selected samples to be scaled up or studied in more detail. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Not known 
URL https://biotechnologyforbiofuels.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13068-014-0181-z
 
Description Catalysis for exploitation of food wastes 
Organisation Aston University
Department School of Life and Health Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of ideas and research proposals
Collaborator Contribution Provision of expertise in catalysis
Impact FoodWasteNet Proof of Concept Project Newton Grant (Vietnam collaboration) - terminated at QIB due to closure of the Biorefinery Centre.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Collaboration with University of York 
Organisation University of York
Department Department of Biology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The QIB Biorefinery Centre has provided expertise in the development and implementation of rapid throughput screening facilities for phenotyping plant and microbial organisms. This includes RTP simultaneous saccharification and fermentation, applicable to biomass exploitation, and recent advances in glycomics (published in PNAS!).
Collaborator Contribution With Prof Ian Bancroft, Prof Simon McQueen-Mason, and Prof. James Clarke (Green Chemistry), we have successfully secured a number of collaborative research grants which has led to published outcomes and further research proposals. Much of this work is focused on UK-industry impact and international impact.
Impact A number of multidisciplinary research publications in refereed journals, a number of further research proposals. The collaboration has ceased due to closure of the Biorefinery Centre at QIB. The disciplines involved include: phenotyping strategies, genome-wide association studies.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Developing feedstock and products for straw-based biorefineries 
Organisation Government of Vietnam
Country Viet Nam 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Hosted visiting research student from Vietnam to work on the conversion of rice straw to biofuels.
Collaborator Contribution University of York were the holders of the BBSRC Grant and funded the student visit.
Impact One paper published One or possibly 2 research papers are being written.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Developing feedstock and products for straw-based biorefineries 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosted visiting research student from Vietnam to work on the conversion of rice straw to biofuels.
Collaborator Contribution University of York were the holders of the BBSRC Grant and funded the student visit.
Impact One paper published One or possibly 2 research papers are being written.
Start Year 2014
 
Description EMBRAPA - Biorefinery Centre LABEX programme 
Organisation Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Brazil 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration has been terminated due to the closure of the Biorefinery Centre at QIB. Initially, EMBRAPA (Brazilian science and research funding body) identified the IFR (then QIB) Biorefinery Centre as a highly relevant collaborator as part of their international LABEX programme. The QIB contributed expertise, facilities (Biorefinery small pilot plant and steam explosion) and experience to the collaboration. Initially, the Biorefinery Centre at QIB was host to a 2 year visiting post doctoral research scientist from 2013-2015 (Henriette Azeredo) along with a number of Brazilian visiting PhD students. This has resulted in about 6 research publications and further collaboration via a BBSRC-funded Newton Programme grant (also terminated in 2017).
Collaborator Contribution Post doctoral scientist to collaborate with us in Norwich on the production of films and composites from waste biomass. A number of papers have been published. Under the BBSRC Newton Programme Grant, further researchers would have been hosted during the 2017-2019 period and visits were expected to be made by UK scientists to the Brazilian laboratories.
Impact Publications (6) in refereed journals A follow-on NEWTON grant to extend interactions with EMBRAPA (terminated due to closure of the Biorefinery Centre at QIB).
Start Year 2013
 
Description Growing media development for industry 
Organisation ADAS
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The IFR is providing mathematical modelling expertise in the development of sustainable, high quality growing media for the horticultural industry.
Collaborator Contribution Research output as reported in confidential and public project reports.
Impact Confidential reports and preliminary models for industrial assessment.
Start Year 2015
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation Adnams plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation Brunel University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation Bulrush Horticulture Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation G.R.Wright & Sons Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation John Innes Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation Lotus Engineering Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation Thermo Fisher Scientific
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Department School of Biological Sciences UEA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description HOOCH partnership 
Organisation Vireol plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution IFR coordinated the HOOCH project and worked closely with all of the partners.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration with all the partners was developed during the HOOCH project funded by DEFRA from 2007-2012. Vireol plc provided advice and guidance in the field of chemical engineering and process design and CAPEX as well as investment estimates. G.R. Wrights provide samples of bran for experimentation
Impact The results from the project have been filed as a patent. Several publications are being prepared.
Start Year 2007
 
Description Multi-lateral partnership examining the exploitation of waste paper crumble 
Organisation Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Waldron acted as Project Leader for this successful Innovate UK project.
Collaborator Contribution This is a confidential project.
Impact This is confidential.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Multi-lateral partnership examining the exploitation of waste paper crumble 
Organisation Palm Paper Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Waldron acted as Project Leader for this successful Innovate UK project.
Collaborator Contribution This is a confidential project.
Impact This is confidential.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Multi-lateral partnership examining the exploitation of waste paper crumble 
Organisation Vireol plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Waldron acted as Project Leader for this successful Innovate UK project.
Collaborator Contribution This is a confidential project.
Impact This is confidential.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Nutritional impact of plant structure 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of expertise in elucidating plant structure, and use of the IFR Model Gut system for in vitro digestion studies.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of expertise in digestion of plant-based foods, mathematical modelling, and in-vivo studies.
Impact A number of research papers.
Start Year 2008
 
Description UK East Coast Biorefining 
Organisation Vireol plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Expertise in biorefining, conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals, pilot plant facilities and expertise, yeast biology and fermentation expertise (with NCYC)
Collaborator Contribution Industrial strategic investment projects.
Impact Previous HOOCH project (see HOOCH collaboration) with other partners. DTP ICase studentship now with University of East Anglia Completed Innovate UK project on paper waste exploitation (with Palm Paper).
Start Year 2007
 
Title Increased protein content of processed grain or seed biomass 
Description Confidential at present 
IP Reference GB1607916.2 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact Confidential at present
 
Title Method and kit for producing plant growth medium by composting 
Description Method for creating plant growth medium by composting. 
IP Reference WO2008084210 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact Development of business plans for biorefining of biomass to fuels
 
Title Methods of producing sugars for bio-alcohol production and a plant growth medium 
Description Waldron, K.W., Ryden, P. and Wilson, D. (2014) Methods of producing sugars for bio-alcohol production and a plant growth medium . [GB2507760] 
IP Reference GB2507760 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2014
Licensed No
Impact Contributes to the developing IP portfolio of the Biorefinery Centre and NCYC at IFR.
 
Title Yeast screening: application number 
Description confidential 
IP Reference GB1613379.5 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact confidential
 
Description 19th Annual F.O. Licht's World Ethanol & Biofuels conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Keith Waldron gave an invited presentation on 'Markets and Value Added Products for Distillers' to the 19th Annual F.O. Licht's World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels (7-10 November 2016)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Careers event - Sir John Leman High School, Beccles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Adam Elliston participated in a Post 16 Destinations Day careers event at the Sir John Leman High School, Beccles, Suffolk on 10 Nov 2015 to raise awareness of career opportunities in science and technology. Approximately 150 pupils attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Debate - Delivering the Agri-Tech Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keith Waldron took part in a debate - Delivering the Agri-Tech Strategy -improving the quality and productivity of the UK food production and processing sectors - organised by The Foundation for Science and Technology at The Royal Society, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.foundation.org.uk/Events/pdf/20140521_Summary.pdf
 
Description Fascination of Plants Day 2015 (John Innes Centre, Norwich) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The John Innes Centre opened its doors to over 300 local school children on 15 May 2015 to celebrate the 3rd International Fascination of Plants Day - just one of over 1000 events in over 55 countries! Pupils from years 5 to 8 and years 9 to 11 participated in a lively mix of workshops, talks and hands-on activities and demonstrations over a 2.5 hour period. Members of the Waldron research group organised activities on the themes of biofuels and oilseeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/whats-on/events/2015/05/school-event-fascination-of-plants-day/
 
Description First Food Chemistry Conference - Shaping the Future of Food Quality, Health and Safety 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Keith Waldron gave an invited presentation to the First Food Chemistry Conference in Amsterdam.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Friends of JIC Event: Bioenergy Dialogue 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three of the BBSRC institutes, John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research and Rothamsted Research presented aspects of their current and previous bioenergy research programmes to a Friends of JIC-organised event. This was followed by a dialogue event discussing the audience's hopes and concerns about the future of bioenergy. This formed part of a national dialogue commissioned by BBSRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/whats-on/events/2014/02/friends-of-jic-event-bioenergy-dialogue/
 
Description IFST Spring Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Keith Waldron gave an invited presentation on 'Food chain wastes to fuels and chemicals' to the IFST Spring Conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands. This generated enquiries at the IFR display stand manned by the IFR Business & Communications staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited talk - Norwich Engineering Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keith Waldron gave an invited talk on biorefining to members of the Norwich Engineering Society on 10 Feb 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.engineeringsociety.co.uk/index.php
 
Description Pre-conference workshop at The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & The Bioeconomy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Keith Waldron gave an invited presentation 'Conversion of agrifood chain wastes to ingredients, fuels and chemicals' to the Biowaste to value: how can policy makers help? pre-conference workshop at the 9th Annual European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.efibforum.com
 
Description Presentation on agrifood chain waste to Hainan Provincial Agriculture Department 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Engagement with Hainan Provincial Agriculture Department to explore potential collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Public engagement - Wymondham U3A 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 20 members of the Wymondham group of U3A visited the NRP Biorefinery Centre on 12 Feb 2015 for a tour and to learn more about the biorefining of agri-food chain wastes. The audience were very interested and were previously unaware of these activities on the Norwich Research Park.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Radio broadcast - BBC Radio Four Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keith Waldron gave a radio interview on 16 Oct 2013 for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today programme on the work of the IFR Biorefinery Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Radio broadcast - BBC Radio Norfolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keith Waldron gave a BBC Radio Norfolk interview on 14 August 2013 following a NFU media release about UK self-sufficiency in food production.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Radio broadcast - BBC World Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keith Waldron prepared a radio broadcast for the BBC World Service focussed on the Total Food 2014 conference and the work of the Biorefinery Centre on 13 November 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Radio interview on lignocellulose (BBC Radio Norfolk Matthew Gudgin Show) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keith Waldron gave a radio interview on lignocellulose and agri-food chain waste on the BBC Radio Norfolk Matthew Gudgeon Show on 25 February 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description School visit (Norwich High School for Girls) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Students from Years 7 and 8 visited the IFR to learn more about the research activities carried out by both the IFR Biorefinery and National Collection of Yeast Cultures. The visit proved a great success. It certainly generated plenty of discussion as well as ideas for further school visits in the future to help promote the collaborative work being carried out by the IFR Biorefinery and NCYC research groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description TV broadcast - Channel 4 Food Unwrapped 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ricochet (TV production company) visited IFR with presenter Jimmy Doherty to film for a new series of Food Unwrapped for Channel 4. They were interested in biorefining and the various forms of commercial yeast and how the yeasts are suited to their role in producing particular fermented products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.channel4.com/programmes/food-unwrapped/
 
Description TV interview - BBC The Politics Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keith Waldron gave a TV interview for BBC's Politics Show on 20 October 2013 on the work of the IFR Biorefinery Centre and the subject of biofuels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Talk to Stalham Farmers Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Keith Waldron gave an invited talk on adding value to farm crops to members of the Stalham Farmers' Club (Host: Michael Pollitt, former EDP Agriculture Editor). The club, founded in 1841, organises a series of regular talks from leading speakers in the agricultural industry. The talk generated a further press article in the local newspaper (http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/norwich-scientists-are-making-useful-chemicals-from-farm-waste-1-5320683).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.stalhamfarmers.co.uk/news.aspx
 
Description Thetford Probus Club visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 16 members of the Thetford Probus (Professional and Business) Club made a half day visit to IFR including a tour of the Biorefinery Centre. Group members were very interested and enthusiastic asking many questions during their visit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Total Food 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This three day event provided an open forum to highlight recent developments and to facilitate knowledge transfer between representatives of the agri-food industries, scientific research community, legal experts on food related legislation and waste management, and consumer organisations. Themes explored ranged from the adding of value to co-products through to the recovery of energy from waste streams. The conference was organised by staff from the Biorefinery Centre at the Institute of Food Research & University of York in collaboration with the COST Action Network TD1203 Food waste valorisation for sustainable chemicals, materials and fuels (EUBis). The proceedings of the Total Food 2014 conference were published as a Special Issue of the journal Food Chemistry (Volume 198, 1 May 2016).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ifr.ac.uk/totalfood2014/
 
Description UEA Undergraduate student visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Thirty undergraduate students from the UEA School of Biological Sciences visited the NRP Biorefinery Centre on 30 Sep 2015 for a tour and to learn about the biorefining of agri-food chain wastes. The students were previously unaware of this activity on the Norwich Research Park.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit by UEA undergraduate students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 30 undergraduate students from the UEA School of Biological Sciences visited IFR for a presentation and tour of the Biorefinery Centre. The students were previously unaware of this activity on the Norwich Research Park
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Wheat Biorefinery: total exploitation of wheat biomass The Alcohol School 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Wheat Biorefinery: presentation on the total exploitation of wheat biomass The Alcohol School 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015