• 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) revealed 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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….

  • 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,…

  • Raising the pulse of peas and beans

    Agri-Tech Week: Raising the pulse with peas and beans

    The Japanese see huge potential for UK pea flour as a protein rich alternative for wheat. Pulses are gluten-free, nutritious and do wonders for the soil, so why are peas…

  • Sunculture - irrigation as a service

    Irrigation as a service to unlock African potential

    Less than 20% of the land area in Kenya is suitable for rain fed agriculture and irrigation technology is prohibitively expensive. Using the M-PESA, the mobile money service developed by a…

  • Working towards a sustainable British Agricultural Policy

    Working towards a more sustainable agri-industry

    As the biggest consultation in a generation kicks off about the future of farming and in particular the new British Agricultural Policy, there is a need to include some hard…

  • Stuart Knight, NIAB

    How to get quality and quantity year after year

    What were your results like this year? Could you do better? Getting higher quality and quantity from the crop with more strategic use of inputs is one of the benefits of…