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Insights into the benefits and practical use of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in horticulture

The EMR Association is hosting a technical event on the morning of 10 December 2015, focussing on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and their potential to enhance productivity in commercial horticultural production.   Some of the UK’s top researchers in the … Continue reading

EMR Association/AHDB Horticulture Soft Fruit Day

Date: Thursday 29 October 2015   EMR Association / AHDB Horticulture event to offer results of key pest and disease research   EMR Association and AHDB Horticulture are hosting a technical up-date for the soft fruit industry on Wednesday 25th … Continue reading

Rubus breeding agreement signed at East Malling Research

An international Rubus Breeding Consortium Agreement has been signed at East Malling, Kent, to generate exciting new raspberry varieties for tomorrow’s consumers and gardeners.   The Consortium includes: Spanish fruit producer organisation, Onubafruit; Swiss garden plant suppliers, Lubera; UK fruit … Continue reading

BBC Countryfile’s Matt Baker selects ‘Taste of Kent’ cherry winner

BBC Countryfile presenter Matt Baker kicked off the start of the Taste of Kent Awards 2016, by judging the Garden of England Champion Tastiest Cherry grown by a Kent grower at the Kent County Show. There were over 40 entries … Continue reading

‘Pyramiding’ wilt genes to boost UK strawberry production

Genetic markers, abundant in the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa), will lead to new varieties resistant to Verticullium Wilt (Verticillium dahliae). The work led by scientists at East Malling Research (EMR) has shown that the more resistance-associated markers a plant … Continue reading

Grower wealth through soil health

East Malling Research’s (EMR) stand at Fruit Focus will focus on soil and the multiple roles that it plays as our ally in sustainable food production and ecosystem function. As a non-renewable resource, EMR will advocate for sustainable soil management … Continue reading

EMR awarded £482K apple replant disease project

Scientists at East Malling Research (EMR) have been awarded £482K to study ‘Apple Replant Disease (ARD) Evolution and Rootstock Interaction (ARDERI)’. Apple Replant Disease (ARD) is a serious threat affecting newly planted apple trees, which fail to thrive in areas where … Continue reading

UK viticulture: Significant research plot being planted at East Malling

A significant new viticulture plot, for both scientific and demonstration purposes, is being established at East Malling Research (EMR) today (28 May). The new research plot draws on a century of success at EMR in supporting global fruit production, and … Continue reading

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

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

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