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Innovation and world-class science on the up at EMR

The East Malling Research (EMR) Annual Report 2014, published today, highlights a substantial growth for the Kent-based centre of excellence in plant science. Contract income was up 18% during the 2013/14 financial year – a further substantial increase which builds … Continue reading


Peter Gregory to stay at EMR as Director of External Affairs

Professor Peter Gregory has started his new role as EMR’s Director of External Affairs following his departure from the position of Chief Executive at the end of April. The new part-time post will see Peter interacting between EMR’s Board of … Continue reading


Wanted: Alive! Gooseberry sawfly

10,000 gooseberry sawfly caterpillars needed EMR Entomologist, Michelle Fountain, is seeking the help of growers and gardeners to find 10,000 live sawfly caterpillars feeding on gooseberry plants. The caterpillars, which are pale green with distinctive black heads and rows of … Continue reading


Guidance Notes for Integrated and Non-chemical Amenity Hard Surface Weed Control

These Guidelines are the result of a project to develop a weed control programme for pavements and roads (amenity use) using non-chemical methods and a reduction in herbicide use which minimises risk to the environment (in particular, water quality) compared … Continue reading


Prestigious RHS Fruit Award for EMR Scientist Prof. Xiangming Xu

Prof. Xiangming Xu, East Malling Research (EMR) plant pathologist and Programme Leader, has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Jones-Bateman Cup in recognition of his significant contribution to scientific advances and excellence in horticultural research. Xiangming combines his skills as … Continue reading


EMR Farm Manager, Graham Caspell, wins prestigious award

Graham Caspell, Farm Manager at East Malling Research (EMR), has been awarded the “Specialist Fruit Grower of the Year” prize at the UK Grower Awards held in London. Graham took up his post at East Malling in 2008 and now … Continue reading


Peter Gregory to leave EMR after transforming outlook of the organisation

Professor Peter Gregory, Chief Executive at East Malling Research (EMR), is to leave his post at the end of April 2015 to pursue his academic and other interests. Peter joined EMR in May 2011 and, after nearly four years in … Continue reading


Beneficial fungi improve drought tolerance in strawberry crops

Arbuscule and hyphal fprmation in a plant root stained with Trypan blue Strawberry growers in the UK may be able to maintain yields and reduce irrigation inputs by up to 40%, by inoculating plants with naturally-occurring beneficial soil-dwelling fungi (arbuscular … Continue reading


EMR appoints Tree Physiologist – Dr Julien Lecourt

East Malling Research has appointed Tree Physiologist, Dr Julien Lecourt, to lead a programme of research looking to optimise resource use efficiency, yields and post-harvest quality in temperate tree fruit production. Dr Lecourt joins EMR from INRA, Bordeaux, France, where … Continue reading


Fruit for a global future: New dessert apple breeding programme at East Malling

A new apple variety (scion) breeding programme, bringing together researchers, plant breeders and producers, is to begin at East Malling in Kent, it was announced today at Fruit Focus (the fruit industry trade show).   An industry-led consortium, involving Worldwide … Continue reading

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