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Plants to Products (P2P) Final Showcase

Wednesday, 07th November 2018

Dr Joe Gallagher (left ) & Dr Mike Morris (right)

Dr Joe Gallagher, Dr Mike Morris and Dr Ana Winters attended the final Plants to Products (P2P) Showcase held on 7th-8th November 2018 at The Birmingham Science Museum, highlighting the research undertaken by P2P members on the...

Plants to Products (P2P) Final Showcase

The Power of Yeast!

Monday, 05th November 2018

 

Josie Parker and Claire Price showed off the power of yeast as part of the Family Weekend at this year's Swansea Science Festival at the Swansea National Waterfront Museum. Taking place on 3rd-4th November, visitors of all ages were treated to some fun demonstrations of yeast...

The Power of Yeast!

Natural Product Network Conference (NPRONET)

Friday, 02nd November 2018

Professor Diane Kelly was an invited speaker at the latest NPRONET conference which took place on 29th-30th October 2018 in Manchester. Professor Kelly delivered a presentation on P450 biodiversity in natural product biotechnology.

The cytochrome P450 gene/enzyme system is central...

Natural Product Network Conference (NPRONET)

Parliamentary Under Secretary for Wales visits BEACON

Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, Lord Nick Bourne, visited the BEACON facility recently during a two-day trip across mid-Wales for GreenGB Week, in which the work of institutions championing the clean growth agenda was being celebrated.  As part of a visit to IBERS,...

Parliamentary Under Secretary for Wales visits BEACON

Insulating solid wall houses using plant based materials

Thursday, 11th October 2018

Low Carbon Manager, Judith Thornton, has been busy testing plant-based insulation materials at IBERS, Aberystwyth University. Here she reflects on her findings to date.

Last month the BEACON facility in Aberystwyth saw a flurry of activity in what used to look rather like a shed full...

Insulating solid wall houses using plant based materials

Mon Naturals - a balmy success story!

Tuesday, 09th October 2018

Summer 2018 saw the launch of a new product by business start-up, Mon Naturals. Eliawen traditional balm has been developed from a 200 year old family recipe used to treat skin conditions, including burns and wounds for generations, using ingredients found locally in North Wales.

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Mon Naturals - a balmy success story!

Presenting phytostabilization at the International Phytotechnology Conference

Tuesday, 02nd October 2018

Dr Elaine Jensen is at the 15th International Phytotechnology Conference at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia this week. The conference, which runs from 1-5 October 2018 is hosted by the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment and the International Phytotechnology Society....

Presenting phytostabilization at the International Phytotechnology Conference

Meet Betty the Baler!

Thursday, 20th September 2018

Meet Betty! Betty is BEACON's baling machine, and Low Carbon Manager, Judith Thornton's favourite toy of the moment! Betty is used to harvest Miscanthus at IBERS for use in our strawbale building projects. Last summer Judith worked with the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) at...

Meet Betty the Baler!

Designing with the life cycle in mind

Wednesday, 12th September 2018

BEACON LCA analyst, Campbell Skinner, has written a chapter in the newly published book Designing with Natural Materials, entitled ‘Designing with the life cycle in mind’. The book, which is edited by Graham A. Ormondroyd and Angela F. Morris, and published by Taylor & Francis,...

Designing with the life cycle in mind

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme

Wednesday, 01st August 2018

From Left to right: Moiz Abdul (Canada), Laura Amelia George (Canada), Anaïs Giraudeau (Stapledon Memorial Trust student from France), Byensi Jonnathan Ndorelire (Canada)

Three students from the University of Windsor, Canada, joined the BEACON team at IBERS, Aberystwyth...

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme