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NEWS: BCPC partners with NIAB to boost provision of independent agri-science information

The British Crop Production Council, BCPC, will be joining NIAB in a move that will strengthen their delivery of independent information, products and opinion. Both organisations have the latest agricultural science at their core, to boost efficient, sustainable crop production. … Continue reading


Seaweed could be key to lower nutrient and water use in horticulture

Water and fertiliser use in horticulture could be reduced, without lowering yields, by using biostimulants such as seaweed extract and beneficial microbes, says UK research organisation NIAB EMR. NIAB EMR, and its research partner Dove Associates, have combined the use … Continue reading


Pink Sunburst apple picked and ready

Malling Sunburst, NIAB EMR’s new sweet-tasting apple variety, pink-fleshed through to the core, will be exclusively available in Waitrose later this month, following harvest of the only currently commercial orchard of the variety at East Malling. The variety’s exceptional package … Continue reading


Horticultural crops to benefit from improved resistance to bacterial infections

  Research into the relationship between bacterial diseases and host plants could lead to improvements in breeding for disease resistance in horticultural crops says research organisation NIAB EMR. Bacterial canker is a disease caused by Pseudomonas syringae, a bacteria that … Continue reading


NIAB EMR searches for non-native stink bug in fruit crops

UK scientists are carrying out field studies to check whether the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has established itself in UK fruit crops. Horticultural researchers at NIAB EMR, and crop specialists at Berry Garden Growers, are monitoring seven fruit-growing sites in … Continue reading


NEWS: NIAB EMR has been named as a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centre

    NIAB EMR has been named as a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centre – a network of research organisations whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of Integrated Farm Management. The research site at East … Continue reading


World Water Day 2018: delivering fertigation best practice to growers

The various stages of the “fertigation process” are shown in the schematic representation below. The Fertigation Bible contains descriptions of the technologies related to these stages. NIAB EMR is supporting World Water Day 2018 through the delivery of irrigation best … Continue reading


NEWS: Hoverflies offer dual benefit to strawberry growers

UK strawberry growers should encourage more hoverflies into their crops as they act as both pollinators and natural aphid predators, says horticultural researchers NIAB EMR. Some of the UK’s native hoverfly (Syrphidae) species not only visits strawberry flowers as adults, … Continue reading


NIAB EMR researchers at Westminster STEM event

NIAB EMR represented plant sciences and the fruit growing sector at the Palace of Westminster, for British Science Week 2018, this week. Two early-career scientists, Dylan Hodgkiss and Callum Martin, presented posters describing their research to MPs and invited guests … Continue reading


Dr Tina Barsby is awarded her OBE by The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Dr Tina Barsby attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace on 8 March 2018 to receive her OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles.  Dr Barbsy’s OBE was announced in the … Continue reading

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