Chief Scientific Adviser to Govt visits CEFAS and FERA

Institute of Public Sector Research (PSREs) plays an important role in BritainScience, research, development and innovation landscape. Primarily, they support government by providing science advice to policy makers, acting as a strategic capability in policy delivery and providing critical science services to government business and society. The Science Capability Review 2019 recognized this PSREs Represents an important public asset that is currently underutilized and poorly understood in government.

The chief scientific adviser to the government.GCSA) Sir Patrick Vallance visited 2 Keys PSREs In July – FERA Science (FERA) and Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Center (Cephas).

Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences

The GCSA Recently visited Cephas in Weymouth, with the Food Standards Agency’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Robin May. Cephas Provides world-class science for marine and freshwater environments. During their visit GCSA and CSA Gave a talk, and engaged in a Q&A Cephas Scientists on the importance of PSREsScience in government is evidence of science competence, and policy making.

The visit mainly focused on animal and human health science themed work CephasAnd how? Cephas One is aligning its deep expertise in threat identification and control around the broader concept of health surveillance. For example, Cephas New leadership is taking over Defra The international program aims to bring together methods to assess specific risks in the aquatic food supply chain and to target controls at the points within that chain where they can have the greatest impact. This approach increases both safe and sustainable food supply, and can also have a positive impact on the biodiversity and climate-efficiency of the entire food system.

During the laboratory visit GCSA and CSA heard about CephasNational and international program work, aquatic animal pathology, recognized diagnostics, all gene profiling, bioinformatics, natural biotoxins, chemicals, food-borne pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). CephasThis includes looking at the risks of working at its laboratory in Weymouth AMR and assessing the potential effects of chemicals on the aquatic environment, the responsibility for providing official controls that help ensure that shellfish Britain Safe to eat for consumers and control of outbreaks of fish and shellfish diseases in England and Wales. This helps maintain high standards of biosecurity and animal welfare. All of these capabilities help inform policy and operational responses, both nationally and internationally.

Recent domestic investments in state-of-the-art technologies for chemical, microbial, and genomic profiling were also discussed during the visit, in relation to emerging opportunities for their use – in the development of wastewater-based monitoring. This monitoring allowed Defra Group to support government’s COVID-19 response by testing wastewater samples. It supports effective decision making NHS Test and trace to identify how the virus was moving in communities, including new and emerging variants, before picking up on clinical trial data.

The GCSA and CSA There was also a series of talks between bacteriologists, toxicologists, shellfish-hygienists on how to identify pathogens and toxins, and others to reduce risks to humans, shellfish and molluscs. He also informed about the work Cephas To support the ability to identify bacteria in other countries and perform toxicology in shellfish and molluscs. These activities help support a more sustainable and reliable food source and Ghana and Bangladesh are only 2 countries where this work is being done.

The GCSA said:

It was great to discuss the importance of science capacity in government, and to ensure that policy is informed by science with the students and early career scientists I met. Cephas.

Fera Science

Fera are experts in safety, biosecurity and sustainability in the agri-food-environment chain. The GCSA Just visited the York site and was informed of the progress R&D Activities in support of its science strategy and its future development plans.

A unique member of FERA Britain The PSRE network, in which it operates under a joint venture business model established as a public-private sector partnership. Defra In 2015. This hybrid position has enabled FERA to continue to serve the needs of the public sector at a much lower cost while enabling (and encouraging) more independence to provide expert scientific services to industry clients and partners on a fully commercial basis. This enabled FERA to fully finance the many new infrastructure assets and expansion of specialist services that were introduced. GCSAA visit to the Fera site.

Just one example is Fera’s work on land use and natural capital assessment GCSA The tour was introduced. FERA’s work in this area supports new environmental land management plans that aim to deliver national net zero carbon targets and improve biodiversity and its scale.

The FERA team also gave a presentation on FERA’s work to assess, improve and certify the proficiency of government and commercial sector laboratories internationally. This work, for example, enables Britain To be confident the statistics produced by trading partner countries in support of their food and commodity exports Britain– Same standard.

This was followed by a short talk on Fera’s food safety work at the main Thomson laboratory location which houses over £30m of leading-edge analytical equipment operating 24/7 to deliver analytical results that support a wide range of Fera’s operations; Examples include statutory testing of maximum pesticide-residue levels in foods, food contact safety evaluation of packaging materials, determining the origin and authenticity of food products at high risk of fraud and substitution.

The GCSA It also saw research and testing conducted for public-sector bodies and commercial agro-chemical and veterinary-pharmaceutical companies to assess the safety of such chemicals in the natural environment, and their environmental fate. It featured a tour of Fera’s new state-of-the-art aquatic toxicology laboratories and the unique E-Flow mesocosm built in collaboration with the Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) Agri-Tech Center and Innovate. Britain. It is the ‘world’s first’ large-scale outdoor field test laboratory with 66 precisely metered flow-water channels that can accurately simulate the effects of chemical and biological interventions (such as pesticide use) on aquatic and invertebrate health in the environment. the species

Other experts from the FERA team stepped forward to speak GCSA Through your work R&D Measurement and regulatory challenges lie ahead for assessing whether plants have been genetically altered, for molecular detection and genomic sequencing, and for ascertaining the quality and safety of gene-editing processes.

In another example of Fera’s ‘breakthrough’ or pioneering work, the GCSA Check out its insect research facilities. Fera’s insect research has recently been expanded under a £1m investment by Fera for a new pilot-scale production facility to support research programs to evaluate and optimize the use of insect bioconversion at scale. Insect bioconversion is the process of feeding organic biomass waste to insects to create additional materials such as protein (for animal feed) or organic fertilizers. The technology can reduce waste, provide alternative (sustainable) sources of protein for animal feed and reduce the environmental impact of sourcing protein from already depleted sectors (such as fishmeal and soy).

Reflecting on the visit, The GCSA said:

PSREs Like Fera are really important to help Britain Enhance its science and technology capabilities. It was great to visit Fera and learn more about their pioneering work in agri-food-environment science.

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