We at NIAB understand that we play an important role in supporting agricultural businesses and food production, both in 2020 and in the future, and we would like to update you on our response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation. Having celebrated our Centenary last year and realising the trials and tribulations of the last 100 years, we are confident that we have the resilience to ride this storm.
Many thanks to all who sent in samples of yellow and brown rust to the UKCPVS project in 2019. And we are now looking for samples for this year.
For the coming season it is important to continue to submit samples while ensuring that government guidelines relating to the Covid-19 outbreak are met. We would like to reassure everyone that samples are still being processed at NIAB, and that testing procedures should be continuing as planned, with staff working in new ways to ensure delivery.
NIAB is evaluating a set of Central and South American beans for traits of interest to breeders and farmers. The beans are all hybrids involving common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), and/or its sister species, which have arisen naturally where the beans are grown.
The 2nd round of the application process is open until 31st March 2020 for transformation slots in the summer. There further details and an online application form available on the Community Resource for Wheat and Rice Transformation web page.
The science, benefits, drawbacks and regulatory issues surrounding new plant breeding techniques featured at a technical seminar organised jointly by BCPC and the Farmers Club, with industry and farmer attendance, in July 2019.
Climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges facing our generation, with huge implications for the food, water, energy nexus which sustains life on earth. Tackling the causes and effects of climate change is increasing the focus and importance of NIAB’s research, at all stages of the crop improvement pipeline, writes Dr Tina Barsby, Chief Executive of NIAB.
The ‘Green Book’, and its online equivalent at ukpesticideguide.co.uk, is THE essential reference for a wide range of audiences involved in pesticide use and recommendation. It covers all pesticide products and adjuvants approved for use in agriculture, amenity, forestry and horticulture, including new active ingredient profiles and many new formulations for a wide selection of different crops.
Modern wheat varieties carry a wide range of different genes associated with important traits, such as increased yield and disease resistance. It is impossible to capture all of these genes with a single genome sequence so additional genome sequences are required. Sequencing multiple wheat genomes allow for a more complete complement of wheat genes to be identified, particularly genes that are present in only a subset of individuals or are unique to one variety.