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Institute of Food Research

The IFR’s mission is to be an international leader in research that addresses the fundamental relationships between food and health, food and the gut and the sustainability of the food chain in order to further the production of safe, healthy foods.

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Welcome to the Institute of Food Research Food and Health Gut Health and Food Safety The National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) ComBase: Improving the microbiological safety of foods Food Databanks National Capability
Welcome to the Institute of Food Research1 Food and Health2 Gut Health and Food Safety3 The National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)5 ComBase: Improving microbiological safety6 Food Databanks7

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  • Total Food 2014 open for registration
    April 2014

    Registration is now open for Total Food 2014, the three day conference exploring  the latest breakthroughs in research into better ways of exploiting waste and co-products from agriculture and food production.
  • New yeast species travelled the globe with a little help from the beetles
    April 2014

    Researchers from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures at the Institute of Food Research have identified a new globe-trotting yeast species that lives on tree-associated beetles. This new species demonstrates the importance of preserving biodiversity, as yeasts like this may help efforts to develop renewable fuel sources in the future.
  • Crowdsourcing raises vital funds for ME research
    March 2014

    Patients living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) have raised £100,000 to allow new research into the misunderstood condition to take place at the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia.
  • Mysteries of the Yeast
    March 2014

    Researchers at the National Collection of Yeast Cultures at the IFR have turned a problem in evolutionary biology into a new tool to better understand phylogeny in closely related species. Resequencing ribosomal DNA in closely related yeast species has given them new information about the origins of modern yeast strains, and a useful tool for evolutionary biologists.
  • New resources deliver insights into Salmonella’s virulence
    March 2014

    Dr Arthur Thompson and his team at the IFR have uncovered new insights into howSalmonella is so well equipped to survive against our bodies’ defences. Building on acomprehensive survey of which genes are turned on in Salmonella, they have now extended the number of start sites defined for Salmonella genes and new non-coding RNAs.
  • International recognition for IFR scientist
    March 2014

    Professor József Baranyi has been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST). His election to this distinguished body is in recognition of his outstanding contributions to food science and technology.

  • Computational Biologist joins IFR and TGAC to better understand gut diseases
    March 2014

    Tamás Korcsmáros has been appointed as a Computational Biology Fellow at The Genome Analysis Centre and in the Institute of Food Research (IFR). Tamás’ joint appointment builds on TGAC’s computational biology strengths and the IFR’s expertise in gut bacteria research to better understand how certain diseases of the gut develop.
  • Tales from the crypt organoid culture
    March 2014

    IFR researchers have found that certain immune system cells play important roles in maintaing the balance of bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract.
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IFR Science

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

IFR science aims to meet the challenges of supplying safe, nutritious food that promotes healthy ageing now and in the future. IFR provides underpinning science for government and the food manufacturing industry.

IFR has two strategic research programmes:
Gut Health and Food Safety, and Food and Health.

Food and Health Programme
Gut Health and Food Safety Programme

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 influences health and can add value to the food chain.

We have strategic relationships with other BBSRC institutes, the University of East Anglia and Imperial College, London.

National Capabilities

BBSRC funds three ‘national capabilities’ that are hosted and maintained at IFR. 

National Collection of Yeast Cultures The National Collection of Yeast Cultures
Food Databanks Food Databanks
ComBase ComBase

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