• New wheat genome sequence is the most accurate yet

    New wheat genome sequence is the most accurate yet

    The wheat genome contains 17 billion bases – that’s five times the size of the human genome which has made it more difficult to sequence.  A major breakthrough has been made by a consortium led by the Earlham Institute, using new technologies has identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits in wheat creating a new wheat genome sequence assembly.

    According to The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, global crop yields must double by 2050 to meet future food security needs. Globally, wheat is one of the most important staple crops, providing a fifth of daily calories. Extensive knowledge of the wheat genome is needed to increase wheat yield in the future.

  • Bee friendly oil seed rape research

    Bee friendly oilseed rape

    Insect pollination is important for oilseed rape but some varieties provide an inferior source of nectar.  Scientists researching the issue have found that the breeding system used can impact the amount…

  • A yellow rust turns blue with new naming system

    Extreme diversity in the wheat yellow rust population has led to the introduction of a new naming system for races discovered in the UK. For example a new race, announced…

  • Biostimulants will be tested on Monitor Farms for several combinable crops, including wheat, barley and oilseed rape

    Biostimulants tryout on Monitor Farms

    An AHDB review, completed in 2016, found evidence of a significant increase in yield in at least one experiment for nine of the 11 biostimulant product categories assessed.  Now they…

  • First chance to hear about speedy broccoli

    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…

  • Bale logistics in accordance with CTF

    Jonathan Gill, a Mechatronics Teaching Assistant at Harper Adams University, has been working on TSB funded research with Big Bale Co. The project is developing a bale handling and logistical…

  • From Mobile Phones to Mobile Aircraft: Next-Generation Crop Analysis

    Senior Scientific Programmer, Christopher Applegate, is a member of the Plant Phenomics Group at the Earlham Institute, developing image processing, machine learning, analytics algorithms and related software solutions. Applegate spoke…

  • Cost Effective IoT in Ag, The CropQuant in-field phenotyping platform

    Daniel Reynolds is a Plant Phenomics Scientific Programmer at the Earlham Institute. He is developing and improving CropQuant, by refining the crop monitoring work station, enhancing the platform infrastructure and…

  • Pollen Beetles: Is their bark worse than their bite?

    Dr Kate Storer, a research scientist in crop physiology at ADAS, spoke at REAP 2016 about the impact of pollen beetles on crops. Storer said that pollen beetle resistance to…

  • Fighting fungal toxin contamination

    Dr Neil Brown is a plant biology and crop science researcher at Rothamsted Research, and holder of a BBRSC Future Leader Fellowship. Fungal pathogens cause plant diseases that threaten our…