NIAB TAG is currently considering developing a forage membership package. If you are a livestock or mixed farmer, growing forage crops, or a consultant or agronomist involved in forage crop production, and would be interested in a forage membership package we would appreciate your feedback by filling in our attached questionnaire.
NIAB is committed to supporting UK farmers and agricultural businesses in 2020 through the covid-19 crisis. We are operating differently due to the impact of the virus, ensuring the welfare of NIAB employees whilst keeping to government guidelines, and adapting and finding alternative ways of working with our customers where we can.
Following government guidelines relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, APHA circulated a statement (Seed Cert 6/20) on Saturday 4th April 2020 which included the cancellation of crop inspector courses run by NIAB in May and June 2020.
APHA has indicated that retests will be deferred and will contact candidates individually soon.
If your licence is due to expire and you have not registered for a course please contact us as soon as possible:
As an update to our 2nd April request, outlined below, thank you to all who have already sent in samples of yellow rust to UKCPVS at NIAB, helping us maintain our service in these difficult times.
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 in 2019 and realising the trials and tribulations of the last 100 years, we are confident that we have the resilience to ride this storm.
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.