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Green light for green fingers research investment

Permission has been granted to deliver the Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone – the first phase of an Innovation Campus at NIAB EMR in East Malling. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has given the planning go-ahead for the new science buildings … Continue reading


NIAB EMR appoints Dan Sargent to head fruit breeding science

NIAB EMR has appointed (1 November) Dr Dan Sargent as its Head of Genetics, Genomics and Breeding (GGB). Dr Sargent will lead a research and development programme, at the East Malling site, which includes fundamental ‘blue sky’ research through to … Continue reading


NIAB EMR part of consortium awarded 19 studentships in multi-million pound UK investment in biosciences

NIAB EMR is proud to be part of a University of Southampton-led consortium that has successfully bid for 19 studentships from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, a part of UK Research and Innovation). Funding for the studentships, … Continue reading


Kent and Netherlands forge partnership to grow international Agri-food research and innovation

Kent businesses and East Netherlands Development Agency forge partnership to grow international Agri-food research and innovation A new agreement aimed at developing innovative food and drink trade and investment opportunities in the UK and the Netherlands has been signed today. … Continue reading


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

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