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.
Nasa is collaborating with the International Potato Centre, based in Peru, to find out if potatoes could be grown on Mars Click here to view
The Guardian has reported information from the Met Office indicating that the UK growing season in past 10 years is on average 29 days longer than between 1961-1990 Click here to view
New research published in Nature shows that many of the wild crops that will be needed for future food supply are poorly represented in the world’s gene banks. The most critical gaps are in the Mediterranean and the Near East, western and southern Europe, Southeast and East Asia, and South America. Click here to view
New research has shown, for the first time, that a beneficial microbe is producing a plant hormone that protects a plant by inducing plant resistance. Click here to view
The Executive Director for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has published conclusions from the FAO’s Global Soils week 2015. The theme of this year was “Soil. The Substance of Transformation” You can find the conclusions here: link
A link to the 2014 Annual Report for the LASI (Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects) has been added to the portal. The report gives updates on the progress of LASI’s research. You can find this on the University of Surrey’s portal page here.
Waitrose is asking people to get involved in a fun but important project to help protect bees and other pollinating insects. The retailer has worked with international environment charity Earthwatch to develop a free app, through which smartphone users can help collect vital data about the pollinators in their gardens and which plants bees […]
WAITROSE is asking suppliers of fruit, vegetables and flowers to avoid the use of three formulations of neonicotinoid based pesticides on crops destined for the supermarket. The move comes in light of concerns about their effects on bees, butterflies and other important pollinators. Download the press release in full.