UK fruit consortium to deliver next generation of crop scientists
An industry consortium, led by Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and NIAB EMR, has won a BBSRC collaborative training partnership (CTP) award to provide a £1.9 million postgraduate programme for scientific research on fruit crops.
NIAB EMR will partner with the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Reading to provide research expertise and facilities to deliver a unique postgraduate training environment. Industry partners span the supply chain, from primary production and marketing, with Berry Gardens Growers Ltd, Worldwide Fruit Ltd, M&W Mack Ltd, Univeg UK Ltd, and the National Association of Cider Makers, through to retail with Marks & Spencer plc. The over-arching knowledge exchange capability is provided by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
This pioneering partnership between businesses, research providers and AHDB will provide a world-class horticultural and bioscience UK research training programme to address the scientific challenges faced by agri-businesses, from crop production, food quality and supply, through to consumer preference and reducing waste in the supply chain.
Running from October 2017 to September 2023 and based at NIAB EMR, the programme includes 16 four-year PhD studentships in core research areas such as plant breeding, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, plant physiology and crop agronomy.
The CTP award will help NIAB EMR to produce an innovative and exceptional postgraduate research training programme that will engage and train the next generation of scientists to deliver strategic research into practice and help secure the future of UK horticulture. Researchers from Cambridge, Nottingham and Reading, and colleagues at NIAB EMR, will produce a research portfolio that ensures the translation of cutting-edge research through to the wider industry.
You can follow progress on the project website www.CTP-FCR.org which will go live in January 2017.