Welcome to the Institute of Food Research

IFR is one of eight UK institutes that receive strategic funding from the Biotechnology and the Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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Food & health
Gut health
Food Safety Centre

Our Aims

IFR aims to fulfil a UK and international leadership role in delivering: Fundamental food & health research. applied and translational research in food & health for societal benefit.

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Industrial biotechnology & agri-food waste
National Collection of Yeast Cultures
Food Databanks

Our Science Strategy

Our science strategy aims to understand the working of the intestinal tract, how food-borne bacteria can cause human disease, and how the chemical and physical nature of our food.

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IFR's Impact
Science in society
Working with industry

Training tomorrow's scientists

Training food and health scientists of the future is an important part of IFR's mission. IFR is a partner in the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership Programme.

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IFR science helping Ugandan orphans

IFR has helped a Ugandan orphanage cultivate mushrooms, as part of a larger project aimed helping Ugandans improve their livelihoods 

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The bacteria behind food poisoning

Food Safety Talk

Arnoud van Vliet's public talk on the bacteria behind food poisoning is now available to watch online. Dr van Vliet from IFR’s Food Safety Centre, gave the latest IFR Public Lecture, covered the subject of bacteria that cause food poisoning, why they are so good at making us ill, and why the problems are increasing.

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