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Minister launches Malling Champion and Malling Allure at Fruit Focus

Rt Hon Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has today launched two new strawberry varieties from the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Programme (EMSBC) based at NIAB EMR. MallingTM Champion is a new ever-bearer variety with … Continue reading


Growing Kent & Medway receives support from the UKRI Strength in Places Fund

NIAB EMR has been awarded £50,000 in funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund to develop a full business case for the Growing Kent & Medway innovation cluster. NIAB EMR will be working with a world-class … Continue reading


Strawberry ‘Malling Centenary’ reaches annual sales of 60,000,000 plants

‘MallingTM Centenary’, a strawberry variety from the East Malling Breeding Club, based at NIAB EMR in the UK, has exceeded annual sales of 60 million plants thanks to the increasing confidence and unique qualities of this popular variety. First introduced … Continue reading


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


NEWS: Infection mechanisms of ash dieback unravelled

UK scientists are a step closer to understanding the mechanisms of natural fungal infections that cause the ash dieback disease affecting European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) trees across the UK and continental Europe. The research, funded by BBSRC, has thrown light … 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

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