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 & security

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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Total Food 2014

11th-13th November

Total Food 2014 is the fourth in a series of conferences focused on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste.

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New technology to help combat food fraud

IFR, working with Oxford Instruments, has developed a new, rapid testing regime based upon benchtop NMR that can distinguish between different species of animal, based on fatty acids extracted from cuts of meat.

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