Dave Hughes, Syngenta

Novel agri-tech best way to produce enough safe, high-quality food whilst reducing environmental impact

When Dave Hughes started working for Syngenta over 20 years ago his focus was chemistry but his interests and that of the company have developed and it is now a knowledge of biology that is providing new avenues for plant protection.

A new feature of the REAP conference this year is a debate about whether the priority for agri-tech innovation should still be food production or, if food can be produced more cost-efficiently somewhere else, should the emphasis be on more lucrative uses of land?


Agri-tech news update

  • What is the impact of digestate on soil?

    Published: 2 July, 2018

    Anaerobic digestion (AD) is becoming an increasingly attractive technology for farmers, as it adds value to waste material by converting it into biogas. Digestate, the by-product generated through the AD process, is a rich source of nutrients and has emerged as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.

    Some of Agri-Tech East’s farmer members have AD plants and regularly apply digestate on their fields. However, nutrient losses, particularly that of Nitrogen, are a common problem and can lead to leaching through the soil or to ammonia gas emissions.

  • Moving on up – Innovation Hub at Royal Norfolk Show 2018

    Published: 1 July, 2018

    Agricultural shows have a strong track record in showcasing innovative thinking, providing an opportunity not only to see new developments but also to talk to the people behind them. The…

  • Minette Batters, President of NFU, gets update on Agri-Tech

    Published: 29 June, 2018

    It was a pleasure to meet Minette Batters who has just completed her first 100 days as the NFU president.  We gave her a short tour of the Innovation Hub…

  • World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit focuses on global consumer

    Published: 25 June, 2018

    The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit (WATIS) has again selected Agri-Tech East as a partner for its London event, to be held this year on 16-17th October. Agri-Tech East members benefit…

  • 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…

  • 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…