Vicky Foster, Head of BBRO

Sugar beet research refines the sweet spot

Sugar beet is grown in East Anglia and East Midlands and is used as an ingredient in foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals with co-products used for animal feed and bioenergy. Yields have increased by 25 per cent over the last ten years and this has been achieved with the invaluable support of the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO), a levy organisation that implements and commissions research specifically for the UK sugar beet industry.

Vicky Foster has recently joined as Head of BBRO and she brings a wealth of expertise from her previous role at AHDB. We caught up with her and asked her a few questions about her new role and plans for BBRO.

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Agri-tech news update

  • Innovation Insights showcases growth of agri-tech cluster

    Published: 13 June, 2018

    Just four years after Agri-Tech East launched at Cereals, we are hosting a new ‘Innovation Insights’ event at Cereals 2018. Around 30 of our member organisations from across the value-chain will be giving two-minute elevator pitches, providing a snapshot of how the diverse cluster has developed.

    Director Dr Belinda Clarke comments: “Agri-Tech East was established with the recognition that to create true innovation you need to provide novel solutions to industry problems. By bringing scientists and technologists from different fields together with potential end-users and industry experts we have facilitated the rapid growth of a thriving agri-tech sector.

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  • REAP 2018 – best practice informed by science

    Published: 1 June, 2018

    Increased productivity with reduced environmental impacts may sound like the holy grail of farming, but our keynote speaker at REAP, Dr Zhenling Cui of the China Agricultural University, Beijing, will…

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  • Timely farming at the Innovation Hub, Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 30 May, 2018

    It is time for change – acting fast and making minimal interventions can reduce the use of inputs such as water, fertiliser or plant protection, and can also enhance animal…

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  • On the Innovation Trail at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 22 May, 2018

    A simulator for tractor training, the world’s biggest beet eater and a virtual sheep wrangler will be among the highlights of a unique Innovation Trail that showcases technology being demonstrated…

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  • Innovation Insights at Cereals – an overview of agri-tech

    Published: 3 May, 2018

    Do you want a quick overview of the latest, exciting agri-tech that is emerging in the UK? This year Agri-Tech East and Cereals are partnering to host Cereals’ first ever…

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  • Using earthworms as indicators of soil health

    Published: 1 May, 2018

    Earthworms are like the miner’s canary, indicating a problem with the underground world. They are sensitive to pH, water-logging, compaction, rotations, tillage and responsive to applications of organic matter. This…

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