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On this week's Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, Professor Susan Jebb discuss her research into obesity and how she became a leading researcher in the field.

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Professor Kathy Willis, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institute, will explore the history of botany in a major new series starting next week on BBC Radio 4.

In her capacity as the Director of Science at Kew Gardens, Professor Willis will present Plants: From Roots to Riches, looking at our changing relationship with plants, from the birth of modern botany right through to the modern day. The 25-part series will feature unprecedented access to the rich heritage and ongoing work of scientists at one of the world’s oldest botanical institutions.

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Listen to Professor Charles Godfray debate the Future of Our Food on this week's Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042jhlh

The panel is made up of experts from the world of food and agriculture:

Professor Charles Godfray from the Oxford Martin Programme for the Future of Food; Colin Tudge, the man behind the Campaign for Real Farming; new Groceries Adjudicator, Christine Tacon; Sean Rickard and economist who specialises in food and farming, and Tristram Stuart: winner of the award for 'Best Initiative in British Food' at last week's BBC Food and farming awards, the food waste campaigner behind the Feeding the 5000 and Pig Idea projects.

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Mike Rayner and David Stuckler were interviewed in a recent episode of Dispatches on Channel 4, which asked the question: "are we addicted to sugar?"

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Lord John Krebs has been interviewed by Jim al-Khalili on the Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific.

Lord Krebs talks about how he was first drawn to biology, his research as an animal behaviour specialist as Professor of Zoology at Oxford University, and his work in policy as the first Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, where he was embroiled in controversial questions such as is organic food better for us and how can the spread of foot and mouth disease be stopped.

Lord Krebs is now Master of Jesus College, Oxford, but is still involved in issues where science meets public policy, in particular the debate over whether culling badgers will prevent cattle contracting TB.

Lord Krebs is also, among other things, the Chair of the Advisory Group for the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.

You can listen to the programme on the Radio 4 website

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Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology, took part in a recent Food Programme episode on Radio 4, talking about non-food factors that affect food perception, such as the colour of tableware.

You can listen to the programme on the BBC website here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lsts3

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Mike Rayner outlines the need for a tax on sugary soft drinks in the UK in the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4, in the edition entitled: Can Andrew Lansley change your diet?
 

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