The past, present and future of plant science takes centre stage at the NIAB stand at the 2019 Cereals Event, with nearly 120 different crop and variety plots celebrating the organisation’s centenary year.
NIAB has had a strong influence on UK farming since it was established in 1919, from seed certification to advances in plant breeding, via field trials and the development of the Recommended List.
In some cases, the new varieties have led the fight against disease. The development of yellow rust in the UK over the past 35 years has shortened the market life of many wheat varieties and the impact of each disease race will be shown on Brigadier, Robigus, Invicta and Solstice.
Looking to the future, the NIAB UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey team will be showing how recent developments in pathology research and field pathogenomics are aiding the fight against new races, particularly of yellow rust.
Plant breeding has changed the size, shape, yield, quality and agronomy of wheat varieties and this will be illustrated by the heritage plots showing varieties such as Squareheads Master, Slejpner, Capelle Desprez to Claire, each with a story to tell on how the organisation has influenced either the variety’s breeding, seed production and certification, recommendation or agronomy.
The NIAB stand at the Cereals Event is known for providing the latest technical advice and research in variety choice, independent agronomy, soil and rotation management, crop genetics and data science.
NIAB TAG Membership services including the latest crop production advice and farmer-led research, field days, agronomy trials results, unique regional variety information and weekly agronomy updates through the season.