Different agricultural practices from around the world. Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
What is the future we want for agriculture
and how can innovation help deliver it?
Is competitive, sustainable food production where agri-tech can make the most impact?
Or should we concentrate our resources on land use for something we can’t buy cheaper elsewhere? High value crops to support a bio-economy? Novel forms of food production? Enhanced ecosystem services?
Agri-Tech East’s fifth REAP conference comes at a time of unprecedented change, uncertainty and challenge for the industry.
We’ll be asking a number of technical experts with different perspectives what they think the future agri-food industry could look like and we will explore the exciting ideas and innovations that will take us there.
Agri-Tech offers alternative futures
The world’s biggest best-practice
Dr Zhenling Cui, the China Agricultural University, Beijing
20 million Chinese farmers over 10 years have shown that using science to underpin best practice can create a 20 per cent uplift in yields of wheat with a 60 per cent cut in nitrogen inputs.
Researchers tested how yields varied with different crop varieties, planting times, planting densities, fertilizer and water use. They also measured sunlight and the effect of the climate. The result was a decision-support system that adjusts advice to a great diversity of agroecologies and has successfully boosted agricultural, environmental and economic performance on a grand scale.
In 2017 this work led to Dr Cui receiving the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.
First high-speed infrastructure for the Internet
Prof. Gerard Parr, Head of the School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Chair in Telecommunications Engineering
East of England Smart Emerging Technologies Institute (EoE SETI) is bringing together regional universities, research parks and industry partners to design and implement a highspeed digital testbed to drive and support the industrial-scale research and innovation.
The aim of EoE SETI is to create the infrastructure needed to digitise a world-leading agrifood industry.
We have invited some leading scientists to discuss the latest research underway in universities and institutes, ranging from discovery science to generate new knowledge, to applied innovations aiming to make a difference to on-farm productivity.
See them here first – a highly-anticipated series of lightning presentations by exciting early-stage agri-tech companies seeking support, advice, connections and investment. Can you help?
What future do you want?
New for 2018 will be our Agri-Tech Debate, which this year will feature expert views around the motion:
“This house believes supporting land-use for competitive sustainable UK food production should be the priority for agri-tech innovations.”
Land is a finite resource and decisions about its usage should be informed by sound science as well as societal, environmental and economic concerns. Agri-tech has the potential to create a new future, through the perspective of farmers, technologists and researchers we explore the alternatives.
We will also have our technical exhibition and networking reception to create new connections, catalyse collaborations and share ideas.
Find out more and sign up on the Exhibition page.
Wellcome Genome Campus
Wellcome Genome Campus
9.30 - 17.30 Wednesday 7th November 2018
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