Dr Judith Irwin

New speedy broccoli from seed to harvest in 8 weeks

‘This new broccoli is all about speed,” says Dr Jonathan Clarke, Head of Business Development at the John Innes Centre. “It takes 8-10 weeks from seed to harvest. We have accelerated the process, because of our scientific knowledge about flowering time.”

His colleague Dr Judith Irwin (Senior Scientist) will be revealing the details of the new broccoli during her presentation – ‘Developing a short generation broccoli for 21st Century horticulture’ – at Agri-Tech East’s ‘Nutritious and Delicious’ event in Norwich.

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Agri-tech news update

  • First chance to hear about speedy broccoli

    Published: 21 February, 2017

    A new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that removes reliance on seasonality and could double crop production will be discussed at an Agri-Tech East event at 13.00 on 22nd February at Centrum, Norwich Research Park.

    Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions.

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  • Innovation For An Agricultural Revolution: REAP 2016 report

    Published: 30 January, 2017

    New thinking was in abundance at REAP 2016 and we’ve captured the key points in our post-conference report, launched today. It is clear that for agriculture to realise its full…

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  • Nutritious and delicious

    Published: 27 January, 2017

    Larger, tasty strawberries that offer 20 per cent saving on labour and almost no wastage demonstrate that the benefits of breeding extend far beyond yield. Flavour and nutritional content can…

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  • GROW-ing early stage businesses

    Published: 27 January, 2017

    We are delighted to see that GROW finalist, Smartbell, has moved into trials on Croxton Park Farm. The product monitors the behaviour of cows to detect early signs of lameness….

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  • Where is disruptive technology coming from?

    Published: 27 January, 2017

    Technology that ‘eats your lunch’ doesn’t suddenly appear from nowhere; although it can be an inspirational idea it has often taken decades to get to market. A good way to…

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  • George Freeman MP champions Open Innovation at Rothamsted forum

    Published: 20 January, 2017

    The challenges facing the agri-food industry need a collaborative approach to make real progress. By involving stakeholders from across the value-chain it is possible to develop sustainable solutions. This type of ‘Open…

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