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NEWS: Drones proven to aid plant breeding in identifying valuable new crop traits

This will make it easier for crop breeders and researchers to select plants, or discover genes, based on marker patterns (genotypes) and desired traits (phenotypes).

Drones have great potential in plant breeding and crop research, collecting large-scale 2D/3D visual information from plants in field trials relatively easily and cost-effectively. Until now, it was difficult to use the data collected for reliable trait analysis and genetic mapping.

NIAB strengthens potato research team with new appointment

Starting in August Peter will join an established team of research scientists, crop specialists and field/laboratory technicians at NIAB, widely known for providing potato R&D, services and advice across the UK and beyond. He will be leading the development of NIAB’s potato agronomy research and industry partnerships, technical services and consultancy activities, with a focus on the practical application of research outputs from across the organisation.

NEWS: Launch of new plum variety Malling™ Elizabeth from Malling™ Fruits

A new early-season plum variety Malling™ Elizabeth, with exceptional eating quality, has been released today (13th July 2022) at the Fruit Focus event in Kent.

The Victoria-like fruit, which are firm yet both sweet and juicy, has been launched by Malling™ Fruits, the marketing brand for NIAB’s fruit varieties from its site at East Malling, together with leading UK top fruit propagator FP Matthews.

NEWS: £350K grant aids research into viticulture soil health and yields

The two-year project involves an industry consortium and will receive just over £350K. The new project will provide useful new information on the effect of cover cropping and mechanical weeding strategies on soil health. It will also lead to grower guidance on bespoke cover crop mixes to alleviate soil compaction, improve soil nutrition and control nematodes. Guidelines to support transition towards net-zero carbon emissions will be drawn up alongside this.

NEWS: New Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill will support more sustainable agriculture - NIAB

Crop science organisation NIAB has welcomed today’s (10th May 22) announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the UK Government will bring forward new primary legislation, The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, to take certain precision breeding techniques out of the scope of restrictive GMO rules - where the resulting plants could have occurred naturally or through conventional breeding methods.

NEWS: NIAB is first UK crop research centre to join global agriculture climate initiative

NIAB has become the first UK crop science organisation to sign up as a knowledge partner to the global Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) initiative. 

This will ensure NIAB’s pioneering research to reduce the climate impact of crop production is accessible to support international action and collaboration on this critical issue.  


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