Elizabeth, who is Head of Farming Systems and Agronomy Research at NIAB, was nominated for her role in establishing a major and important new strand to the support that NIAB can provide to farmers and landowners across the country, with the development and resilience of their farming businesses and systems. This is alongside the more conventional farming systems, soils and agronomy research and knowledge exchange that Elizabeth and her teams already deliver for growers across the arable, potato and forage crop sectors.
First of we headed to NIAB Labtest, here we found Amanda Southwell checking for the detection of Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. Phaseolicola in bean seed.
In the last few years we’ve all become familiar with PCR tests to test for Covid, but today Sofia was using PCR tests to identify if Barley seed has two fungal diseases - net blotch and leaf stripe present.
Legislation to be debated by Peers in the House of Lords over the coming weeks could help unlock the UK’s global leadership in plant genetic science, and encourage additional investment in research to help address the most pressing agricultural challenges of today.
Image caption: Opening the new Pepsico oat quality laboratory at NIAB. From left to right: NIAB Head of Analytical Services Helen Appleyard, PepsiCo Research Director Professor Ian Puddephat, PepsiCo R&D Director Mac McWilliam, NIAB CEO Professor Mario Caccamo and PepsiCo Senior Scientist Peter Bright.
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NIAB has announced that Professor Xiangming Xu has become Director of Research.
Formerly Head of Science at NIAB’s horticultural centre at East Malling in Kent, Professor Xu is now responsible for developing and delivering the strategy for research activities across the whole of NIAB. This is in addition to his role in co-ordinating research activities at East Malling.
This year’s programme aims to address many of the challenges facing UK agriculture on the theme ‘Providing policy and regulatory support for multi-functional UK agriculture’.
As ever there will be an array of technical and informative sessions targeted at regulators, industry and academia who work in the crop protection and crop production industry. High class and informed speakers will take an in-depth look at the current challenges facing UK agriculture and provide some solutions and insight into the way forward.
Since its foundation by a Deed of Trust in 1919, NIAB has been honoured to have Royal support and is immensely proud that The Queen was our Patron for the past 70 years.