Thursday, July 22, 2010

Newletter - July 2010

Welcome to new members: The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), Link China Pharma Solutions Ltd, Cambridge Eco, British Field Crops and Agriculture's Big Conversation.

Please feel free to distribute the newsletter to other members of your organisation. If you have any events, news or advertisements you would like to see included in the next newsletter, please email by 20 August.

Content in Summary:

News – Update of CPPS Website: please send logos by 31 July; how to opt out of listing on members page; Building work at NIAB

Jobs – Limagrain: Plant Breeder (Oil Seed Rape; deadline 31 July)

Funding Opportunities – BBSRC CASE Studentships (deadline 28 July, 16:00)

Call for Research Collaboration – on GM modified white clover for methane reduction, with NZ Research institute

Next CPPS Event – CPPS lecture by Dr Lars Ostergaard, JIC: 25 Nov 2010, 16:00-17:00 at the Dept of Plant Sciences, Cambridge CB2 3EA, followed by networking


Update of CPPS website
As mentioned in previous emails, we are currently updating and re-designing the CPPS website ( Thank you to those who have already sent in web-compatible logos for their organisations. If you would like to see your logo included in the new website, please send it to by 31 July. The new members-page will list all organisations who receive this newsletter. If you would prefer not to have your organisation (with web link) included in the list of members on the web page, please email by 31 July.

Building work at NIAB
Ever wondered what all the building work at NIAB is about? Read all about it in the next CPPS newsletter, or contact for more information if you can’t wait until then!


Limagrain - Plant Breeders – Oilseed Rape

An opportunity has arisen in the UK arm of the Limagrain Oilseed Rape programme for a plant breeder to join a small group of highly motivated individuals developing winter oilseed rape varieties throughout Europe. The appointment is part of a planned succession process and the successful applicant will be capable of eventually assuming full responsibility for the UK winter rape programme.
The position requires an individual well versed in the recent advances of molecular genetics but with the ability to translate these into the development of varieties and new breeding techniques. Plant breeding encompasses a wide range of disciplines: agronomy, pathology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, statistics, mathematical modelling and genetics. The successful applicant will have the ability to manage a small team working with multiple skills in a logistically complex programme. The position is a senior technical appointment and therefore offers considerable scope for someone able to provide leadership in an innovative environment.
Applicants should have a good knowledge of plant science and genetics with formal relevant training to at least BSc level. Post Graduate training would be an advantage as would experience of plant breeding.

The position is rewarded with an attractive remuneration and employment package. The closing date for applications is 31st July 2010.
In the first instance applications of interest may be submitted by e-mail to Dr Thomas Jolliffe email:
Alternatively, please send a covering letter and CV to
Mrs Sandra Hatt
Limagrain UK Ltd
Market Rasen
Telephone: 01472 370122
Fax: 01472 371106

Funding Opportunities

BBSRC Industrial CASE Studentship Competition 2010

Industrial CASE PhDs provide research training in an area of relevance to an industrial partner and are an excellent means of knowledge exchange between the academic and commercial worlds. BSBRC’s Industrial CASE Studentship Competition will award Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs) for start in October 2011 to support collaborative postgraduate research training leading to a PhD. Proposals for Industrial CASE studentship funding can be submitted by either the industrial company or an individual academic supervisor (citing an industrial partner). Full details of the competition are on the BBSRC website at:

Awards: Awards will be made in the form of flexible 4-year Doctoral Training Grants managed by the academic partner. Further information on these, including a full set of FAQs are available to download on the BBSRC website at:
Proposal Process: Proposals may be made by companies registered for business and trading in the UK with a UK research and/or manufacturing base, or supervisors from eligible UK universities or research institutes. Proposals are particularly welcomed from SMEs.
Proposals should be submitted through the Research Council Je-S system at by 4pm, 28 July 2010. Proposals submitted after 4pm will not be accepted. Applicants will need to create a registered Je-S account in order to submit proposals.

Closing date for proposals: 4pm, 28 July 2010
For further information contact 01793 413256 or e-mail
For industrial company eligibility queries ONLY contact 01793 413275 or e-mail
For Je-S specific queries contact 01793 444164 or e-mail

Call for Research Collaboration

AgResearch, New Zealand's largest research institute are looking for research partners offshore for a GM modified crop of white clover that will reduce methane emissions from cows and sheep.
Interested UK Organisations should contact the IATC ( for more details.

Next CPPS Event

Advance notice for your diaries: The next CPPS lecture will be given by Dr Lars Ostergaard, JIC on 25 Nov 2010, 16:00-17:00 at the Dept of Plant Sciences, Cambridge CB2 3EA, followed by networking. All welcome, no registration is necessary.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

CPPS Open Day at NIAB 16th July

Invitation to a tour of the new Innovation Farm

16th JULY 2010, 15.30 – 17.00, NIAB Cambridge

Displays this year focus on crop genetic improvement and demonstrate progress in improving the yield, quality, performance, seasonality, diversity and resource use efficiency of key crops, alongside the contribution of advanced breeding methods, efficient agronomy and the development of novel and nonfood crops.

Learn about NIAB's development of the Innovation Farm Facility and how this will develop into the future. NIAB welcome your input and views about whether this can help you, and what you would envisage its role within CPPS to be.

Download the flier for more information.