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‘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

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

Free event on DNA technologies for the horticulture industry, to be held at East Malling Research

“Applications of sequencing technology in the horticulture industry” 4 December 2014 Leading perennial and clonally propagated crops research organisation, East Malling Research (EMR) and genomics company Illumina, are holding an event in December to showcase the benefits and opportunities that … 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

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