The East of EnglandSunday, 1 January 2017 Agri-Tech East hosts events throughout the year to inspire and facilitate discussions between participants with new ideas and fresh thinking. People from all sectors and disciplines welcome—whether you’re a grower, a researcher, technologists or an entrepreneur, come along and join in! Pollinators are our regular network meetings, which are FREE...
Centrum Building, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UGWednesday, 22 February 2017 Please note the new venue for this event - Centrum Norwich Research Park Speedy broccoli, sweeter sweetcorn, better berries and sustaining starch - are all the result of improved breeding techniques. Creating a huge market opportunity with taster and more nutritious food. The quest to improve nutrition and flavour through crop...
Morley Agricultural FoundationThursday, 2 March 2017 Spend the day at The Morley Agricultural Foundation to explore how young scientists and farmers can work together to improve the agriculture industry and meet the global food challenges of the future. We’ll be showcasing the the path that science takes to get on farm and how you can engage...
Lawes Innovation Hub, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQTuesday, 21 March 2017 We often hear of farmers and agri-businesses who have huge data sets that they believe would give them real insights into their business, crop or livestock and land management practice, if only they had time or opportunity to interrogate and manage the data simply and easily. This workshop will explore...
Sophi Taylor Building, NIAB Park Farm, Villa Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9NZTuesday, 28 March 2017 Agri-Tech East’s membership now boasts over 100 organisations which between them have a wealth of expertise, knowledge and access to new technologies and services. We’d like to help you make the most of your membership, by joining us for an opportunity to meet others in the network, and hopefully find...
ROYAL NORFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION, Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT28-29 June, 2017 The Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show showcases some of the new agri-technology that is emerging from the East of England. Tying together the latest advances in agricultural science, technology and engineering, the Innovation Hub will provide an exciting dimension to this year’s show. The initiative is led by...
Hummingbird takes flight with early crop health monitoring
The main diseases that affect wheat each have their own spectral signature, which means they can be detected remotely, even before there are significant impacts on the crop.
Will Wells, CEO of Hummingbird Technologies, says: “Septoria is one the main diseases that affects wheat and there are many different species. With our technology, it is possible to detect the disease in early May, allowing key decisions to be made about crop protection.”
‘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 more nutritious and delicious is gaining pre-eminence.
Breeding for improved flavour and added value is the theme of our event on the 22nd February, which will focus on how new breeding and agronomic practices are influencing the flavours and health properties of some of our favourite foods. Sweetcorn, courgettes, broccoli, strawberries and wheat are among the staples to be discussed.