Known for its world-leading potato agronomy research, NIAB CUF is focused on meeting the future needs of UK potato growers and their customers.
Over the past 30 years NIAB CUF, formerly The Agronomy Research Group at Cambridge University Farm, has led the way in developing a greater understanding of the potato crop and its cultivation, working closely with the entire potato supply chain to improve production efficiency and sustainability in this important sector of the arable economy.
An unrivalled source of agronomy research and expertise, NIAB CUF carries out essential work in key areas such as soil management, input use, varietal selection and new product development. Benefiting from access to NIAB’s genetic research, rotational agronomy and national trialling capabilities, NIAB CUF is also addressing climate resilience, water use, nutrient management and carbon release within the potato crop.
Based in Cambridge NIAB CUF’s research interests include:
Working with, and funded by industry, levy boards, charities, partner organisations and institutions, NIAB CUF is committed to ensuring the benefits of high-quality research are transferred effectively into practical agriculture.
NIAB CUF retains links with the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences, as well as close involvement with the Cambridge University Potato Growers Research Association (CUPGRA), a society of the University with a wide membership of growers, packers, processors, agronomists and others with a strong interest in the development of the potato industry.
Key staff include:
Improving cultivation practices in potatoes (AHDB Potatoes, contractor NIAB CUF)
To improve cultivation practices in potatoes to increase soil structural stability, lengthen the window of cultivatability, improve soil N use efficiency, reduce wastage and energy consumption and produce consistently larger marketable yields, thereby improving competitiveness and sustainability