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Ottoline Leyser's talks about How plants decide what to do in an interview on R4 with Jim Al-khalili in 'The Life Scientific' series

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Check out CINTRIN@Monogram17

There was a strong CINTRIN presence from Alison, Emma and the Stephanies:


Toby Barber, first year PhD who is testing new methods to accelerate genetic gain for wheat improvement, was this month at PAU checking out the CINTRIN Trials and will be presenting his work then at our next meeting.

Toby Barber


CINTRIN featured in the BBSRC-Newton Fund Partnerships leaflet

Read all about the Centres here.


Training opportunities from iNEW

Phenotyping and Phenomics (7-9 June 2017) - Rothamsted Research and the University of Nottingham

This three day course will provide the opportunity to meet and exchange with scientists working on phenotyping at different scales. They will demonstrate current technologies and approaches for phenotyping plant roots and shoots in field and controlled environments, using manual and automated methods. Participants will also gain exclusive invites to Breeder’s day at the John Innes Centre. More here.

Wheat Genetics and Marker Development (12-16 June 2017) - Bristol and Norwich JIC

This five day course is aimed at anyone with an interest in cereals research and crop breeding. The course is an entry level introduction, giving a taste of wheat genetics, from wheat crossing, modern genotyping techniques to QTL analysis. More here.


CINTRIN@ International Conference on Statistics and Big Data Bioinformatics in Agriculture

MAGIC is one of the sets of wheat germplasm being used for screening in CINTRIN

Keith Gardner (NIAB) presented as an invited speaker representing CINTRIN at the “International Conference on Statistics and Big Data Bioinformatics in Agriculture” November 21-23, 2016 (organised by CINTRIN Co-I Ashibek Rathore)


Hindu Vemuri explaining her work to Keith Gardner at ICRISAT

CONGRATULATIONS TO ICRISAT PhD student Hindu Vemuri who has successfully obtained a “Newton Bhaba Phd placement programme” award to spend 3 months at NIAB during 2017 working on analysis of complex crop datasets

Congratulations to Matt Milner for his new OpenPlant award

Congratulations to Matt Milner for his new OpenPlant award to extend CINTRIN’s molecular understanding of wheat NUE by developing open technologies for Translating Nitrogen Use Efficiency from models to crops.


NEWS: Congratulations to Professor Mario Caccamo as Managing Director of NIAB EMR, its Kent-based horticultural and environmental research and development division


NEWS: CINTRIN features in BBSRC highlights of UK-India: 20 years of research collaboration


NEWS: Optimising N in grain legumes a challenge in regions with acid soils

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NETWORK: Are you working in Nitrogen Use Efficiency?

Help us to consolidate CINTRIN as a community with a shared view to address the Nitrogen use challenges.
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NEWS: CINTRIN in Landmark

The CINTRIN project featured in The Landmark Bulletin magazine, written by Alison Bentley.

CINTRIN Soil Scientists create awareness on Leaf Colour Chart (LCC) technology at Kisan Melas at Punjab Agricultural University in India

CINTRIN scientists under the leadership Dr Tina Barsby, NIAB and Dr Parveen Chhuneja, Director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology (PAU) participated in a special campaign on the ‘Use of PAU-Leaf Colour Chart (PAU-LCC)’ organized by the Department of Soil Science, PAU during the Kisan Melas on September 22 and 23. Sh V. P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of the University; Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU along with senior researchers and officers visited the exhibition of the department.The campaign was held in view of the excessive consumption of fertilizer nitrogen (N) by the farmers in field crops.

The department aims at strengthening LCC awareness training programmes with the help of CINTRIN project.

Dr Babu Sing Brar, Head, Department of Soil Science, said that PAU has continuously organized educational campaigns to empower farmers to follow need based N application in crops. The PAU has recommended a very simple, economical and farmers’ friendly gadget ‘PAU-Leaf Colour Chart’ to decide need based N applications in all the major cereal crops including rice, basmati rice, maize and wheat, he added. The PAU-LCC helps to achieve 15 to 25 percent average saving of fertilizer nitrogen in cereal crops, he told. The need based N use with PAU-LCC not only saves farmers’ expenditure on fertilizer N but also reduces insect-pest incidence and thus, consumption of chemicals in agriculture.

Dr Varinderpal Singh, CINTRIN Senior Soil Chemist, explained the LCC technology to the visitors. Of the 200,000 farmers at the event, many came to the LCC technology demonstration area and were enthusiastic to learn about it. Earlier, the department had organized LCC awareness camps in seven villages of five districts including Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot of Punjab during the current rice season. View original press release

NETWORK: Female leaders in crop sciences visit Cambridge from India last week


NEWS: Quantitative methods in plant breeding is held in PAU


NEWS: CINTRIN KICK-OFF MEETING @ Cambridge 14- 16 June 2016


NEWS: Cambridge leads UK institutions in agreement on crop science with Indian government


CINTRIN's awarded: UK and India research and training network to improve nitrogen use in cereal crops