Marine research 

Northern Ireland and the Republic have jointly set up a Marine Functional Food Research Initiative run by the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Funded with €5.2m, it will identify novel products. 

Avian flu cause? 

A Defra report into the avian flu outbreak in Suffolk says it cannot "categorically identify the source" of the outbreak but that it was probably caused by migrating birds. 

Farmers' cost plea 

A coalition of UK livestock farming organisations has called on the government not to pursue plans to transfer more costs of dealing with animal disease outbreaks to livestock farmers hit by rising feed and energy prices.

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