(SCOTLAND)

Two innovative food-focussed projects in Scotland have received a financial boost.

Interface, the country’s bridge between industry and academia, has awarded new funding through its summer collaboration competition.

The world-leading James Hutton Institute will work with REMIN, a provider of volcanic rock dust fertiliser, to better understand the ‘agronomic requirements’ of honeyberry, a crop which could become valuable to Scotland.

While the other food-based project winners, Scottish Venison Partnership and the Moredun Research Institute, will partner to develop a novel ‘enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)’ to complement the skin test currently used for detecting Tuberculosis in deer. The enhanced testing platform could transform the commerciality of farmed venison.

Both projects will enjoy new investment of around £10,000.

“Encouraging new products, services and processes is at the heart of what we do and can lead to positive impacts on Scotland’s economy, both in cities and rural areas,” explained Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Engagement at Interface.

“We look forward to hearing how these projects develop and enable Scottish businesses to be more competitive in national and global markets as they work in partnership with like-minded businesses and our world-leading academics.”