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NIAB’s strawberry breeding programme moves to Bayer

The move will allow NIAB to concentrate on its soft fruit research, similar to its already established programmes in arable crops, as the organisation moves to prioritising the provision of translational research to benefit growers, consumers and the environment. It will also open up new opportunities to work with leading soft fruit breeders and propagators across the industry, including Bayer. 

NIAB Board is recruiting for two non-executive Directors

Ideally you will bring experience and specialist knowledge to build on our vision for NIAB, providing an impartial and confidential sounding board to the NIAB CEO and Executive.

Whether it be your network of contacts and trusted partners, your ability to ask challenging questions and suggest innovative solutions or your diverse blend of skills that matches our strategic direction – you can help shape NIAB’s future.

Fat bird of the barley back on NIAB HQ Trial Grounds

These are species that have declined by 50% in the last 25 years and show no immediate signs of recovery (BTO, RSPB, JNCC 2015), making them birds of the highest conservation concern.

The headline this year was a pair of Corn Buntings. Known as ‘the fat bird of the barley’ in some circles, a male signing its distinctive jingle-jangle song was first observed at the end of May, and was later seen carrying food: a likely sign it was providing for chicks in a nest. Although seen in recent years, this is the first year of probable breeding.

Remembering Professor Ian Mackay

Mac was a quantitative geneticist of international standing, with a firm background in the plant breeding industry.

He joined NIAB in 2005 as part of our strategic bolstering of crop genetic research, working closely with Wayne Powell and Andy Greenland, and immediately made an impact. NIAB’s multi-parent ‘MAGIC’ populations  (a term he coined) were Mac’s brainchild, and he instigated, curated and taught NIAB’s highly-regarded Quantitative Methods in Plant Breeding two-week intensive course that influenced a generation of breeders.

Meet the scientist: Dr Tom Wood

Tom works in NIAB's pathology department and his current research focuses on legumes and pulse crops.

In this short video, as part of NIAB's Meet the scientist series, he explains why he feels lucky to work on legumes, why freedom is best thing about working at NIAB and what the biggest challenges of his role are.





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