• Bee friendly oil seed rape research

    Yellow rusts turns blue and other research stories

    Within the research digest we provide a round up of some of the interesting findings announced by the research institutes and also a trials updates.

    Recent stories include: a major breakthrough for wheat breeders with the announcement of a new wheat genome sequence; a new trial for biostimulants following evidence that they can significantly increase yields;  launch of a new naming system for yellow rust that is based on genotype information and new insights into what makes oilseed rape bee friendly.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Innovation Hub 2017 at the Royal Norfolk Show

    “The agricultural economy currently faces uncertainty, so it is more important than ever for farmers to have tools to better control their costs and improve performance,” says Alex Dinsdale, SOYL’s…

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  • 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…

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  • This month we’re thinking about healthy eating, inspired by our February event “Delicious and Nutritious”

    Tasty, appealing and nutritious

    ‘We are what we eat’ is an old saying, but still rings true. As knowledge about how the body uses this vital fuel grows, the importance of making our crops both…

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  • Nutritious and delicious

    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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  • Realising our Potential

    The time taken to bring in the harvest may be decreasing but the data it produces is increasing and becoming more meaningful.  With more combine harvesters than ever measuring yield it is becoming…

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  • Nanotechnology to boost drone capabilities and increase spray coverage

    A new aerial applicator for agrochemicals will extend the flight times for unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), allowing them to cover a greater crop area more cost-effectively and with greater precision….

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  • So what is a robot and why do we need them?

    There are two critical factors that separate a robot from a machine – the capacity to be autonomous or to act with some degree of decision, and presence of actuators,…

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