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IFR routinely publishes fact sheets and webpages covering information of specific interest to the Public.

If you wish to nominate a subject for coverage, please fill in the form at the bottom of the is page.

Advanced Microscopy

Probe microscopy is allowing us to see food structures we could not always resolve using 'conventional' microscopes. In some cases, we are able, for the first time, to study how the building blocks of food (fats, carbohydrates and proteins) interact to form the different structures that determine the quality of foods.

Apple Facts

Our Apple Factsheet has been developed to assist those interested in apples and their products. Scientific interest in apples has grown due to research into potential health benefits of the fruit and juice as well as the increasing number of individuals who are allergic to apple.

Bad Guys

Fact sheets covering:

  • Pathogens: Physiology and Predictive Ecology
  • Clostridium botulinum
  • Modelling food microbial systems
  • Foodborne hazards and risk assessment

Fact sheets covering:

  • Transcriptomics
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter

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Beneforte Broccoli

Research suggests that a particular compound found in broccoli, called glucoraphanin, has certain health-promoting properties. Beneforté broccoli has been bred to be 2-3 times higher in glucoraphanin.

Read more about Beneforte Broccoli

Eat for life - Healthy Hearts

  • Plant foods for healthy hearts
  • Phytochemicals and your circulation
  • Cardiovascular disease

Eat for life - Immunity

  • Food Allergy: where does it begin?
  • Immunology of Allergy
  • Selenium and Immunity
  • Managing Allergens in Foods
  • How much is too much?
  • Can we get red of allergens in foods?
  • Breeding and post-harvest storage approaches to reducing allergens in foods

Eat for life - Preventing Cancer

  • Some broccoli a day keeps the doctor away?
  • What do scientists at IFR do?
  • Why is bowel cancer so common in the prosperous world?
  • Fish for bowel health?
  • Brassica vegetables, glucosinolates and bowel cancer
  • What makes the colon vulnerable to cancer?

Folates and Folic Acid

The term folate(s) describes a family of naturally occurring water soluble B-group vitamins. There are large numbers of folates, but methyl- and formyl-tetrahydrofolate are the main forms found in foods. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is easily absorbed. It is more stable than food folate making it easy to include in fortified foods and dietary supplements.

Food Allergy Facts

Whilst uncommon, allergic reactions to foods are real and can take a number of forms. The commonly experienced symptoms are described in this factsheet, and when experienced in association with the consumption of particular foods it is likely that an individual is suffering from a food allergy.

Guidelines for a Healthy Diet

Variety is the key to a healthy diet! Eliminate boredom by rustling up exciting recipes from scratch, not only can this be a cheaper alternative to processed meals, it may be a healthier alternative as well.


Our Soya factsheet has been developed to assist those researching and those with a general interest in the soya plant and its products. Soya plant has become very topical in recent years with the development of new technologies in the fields of genetics and high impact farming to supply an ever more demanding global market.

The Salt debate

The nation is constantly bombarded with health messages concerning desirable components of a healthy diet, of which salt tends to be viewed negatively. This document gathers conflicting positive and negative information surrounding salt; presenting it in an impartial format to provide a holistic view of all sides of the Salt debate. The conclusion of most authorities is that adults should try to reduce the salt content of their diets to 6g/ day.

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