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New approach to regulating precision bred products could unlock investment in crop genetic research and innovation

As a result, England could be on course to adopt one of the most progressive and enabling regulatory systems for gene edited products in the world, opening up significant potential for increased inward investment and international research collaboration.   

Maize variety selection for the 2024 growing season

Skipper and Foxtrot from Limagrain, Faith, Emeleen, Crosbey and ES Palladium from Grainseed, alongside SY Silverbull from Syngenta, are new entrants on the 2024 Favourable First Choice List. RGT Easixx and RGT Bluefoxx (RAGT), KWS Resolvo (KWS), Glencoe and LG31207 (Limagrain) have been added to the Favourable Second Choice List.

Skipper, Faith and SY Silverbull also feature on the Less Favourable First Choice List, with Foxtrot, RGT Easixx, RGT Bluefoxx and KWS Resolvo added to the Less Favourable Second Choice List. LG31207 (Limagrain) has been added to the Very Favourable DL.

NEWS: NIAB opens its doors with a vine and wine tour

14 September 2023, 9.30am-2.45pm
NIAB East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ


The event on Thursday 14th September 2023 will brief visitors on NIAB’s current and future research for the vine and wine industry, reveal the new Wine Research Centre facilities, and introduce services to support both grape growers and wine producers. Free and open to all, booking is essential as places are limited.

NEWS: New feasibility study on domestic chickpea production

‘Cicero - developing chickpea as a novel source of domestic UK protein’ is a two-year, £500,000 feasibility study led by the crop science organisation NIAB, with collaborators from across the agri-food supply chain. Cicero has been awarded funding by Defra under the ‘Farming Futures R&D Fund: Sustainable farm-based protein’ competition, part of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme managed by Innovate UK, and starts with immediate effect.

NEWS: New NIAB Board Chair - Dr David Buckeridge

Dr Buckeridge has 35 years of operational management experience in the life science and agribusiness industries. With a PhD in genetics and plant sciences from the University of Wales, David began his career with AstraZeneca, spending 20 years in a variety of management positions globally. After serving as Group CEO of Advanta BV, the largest independent agronomic seed business in the world at that time, David led its exit from private equity ownership and advised on its successful initial public offering to the Indian stock market in 2007.

NEWS: Alternative crop display on NIAB Cereals 2023 stand

Stuart Knight, Director of Agronomy at NIAB, explains that visitors can take a look at diverse range of the UK’s underutilised and novel crops that may become more popular over the next few years on farm, and discuss crop management options with NIAB specialists and advisors. “With five herbal grazing ley mixtures alongside buckwheat, quinoa, grain maize, durum wheat, hybrid rye and triticale growers have the option to view the crops above and below ground in the 20 metre long NIAB Soil Hole,” says Mr Knight.


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