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Nitrogen VJC, 3rd-5th October at NIPGR, New Delhi

Several CINTRIN delegates from the UK and India joined three other Virtual Joint Centres in Nitrogen (NEWS, INEW and IUNFC) to give updates on progress in optimising nitrogen use in India.

There were presentations from various CINTRIn members including CINTRIN’s Varinderpal Singh and the team at PAU, who reported their work with the Leaf Colour Chart (LCC). The group discussion on Challenges for Agronomic Nitrogen Use Efficiency (chaired by Dr. Jo Smith) concluded that the LCC should be distributed to every farmer in India along with documents on success stories. A great result for Varinderpal, PAU, and the CINTRIN team! The story was even picked up in The Tribune India

The Nitrogen VJC meeting press release can be found online.

For those of you who use Twitter, a Storify has been created to collect all the tweets about the meeting (some great pictures too!)

Members from the group discussion on Challenges for Agronomic Nitrogen Use Efficiency, showing the Leaf Colour Chart developed by Varinderpal Singh and PAU to optimise nitrogen application levels in the field


CINTRIN annual meeting, 5th-7th October at ICRISAT, Hyderabad

The UK and CINTRIN Indian partners came together in our biggest joint meeting to date, under the hospitality of Rajeev Gupta and the ICRISAT team. There were some great fruitful discussions across the entire translational spectrum; from agronomics to genetics.

Members of the UK and Indian CINTRIN collaboration meeting for fruitful discussions at ICRISAT, Hyderabad


CINTRIN in Tigre2ss

Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies (TIGR2ESS). A new Global Challenges Research Fund award to support cutting-edge research and innovation addressing the global issues faced by developing countries.


BBSRC DTP student Tally Wright

BBSRC DTP student @tallywright along with his best friend from @LICOR_ENV measuring synthetic hexaploid wheat lines for rate of #photosynthesis


3CS: the new Cambridge Centre for Crop Science gets green light



CINTRIN @ Translational Funding Morning

On Thursday the 20th of July, the second Translational Funding Morning was held at The Sainsbury Laboratory. This was a very informative and effective morning aiming to increase understanding about translational and innovation funding schemes that can unlock cross-discipline opportunities, support knowledge exchange and enable academia-industry collaborations. Emma Walington (NIAB) and Vasu Kumanduri (KisanHub) gave fantastic pitch See STORIFY.


CINTRIN Network continues to expand

@CINTRIN_UKIndia team meets with Professor Ian Edwards to talk about breeding high GPC wheat


Assessing differential N x wheat genotype Opti-plots

Last month we took our regular monthly meeting to the field for a chance for the team to assess differential N x wheat genotype Opti-plots. There were mpressive differences in varieties and NIAB pre-breeding material evident in @CINTRIN_UKIndia Opti-plot trial (all phenotyped by Alek)



An action-packed Day 1 with Emma Wellington from the Genetics & Breeding team talking pre-breeding, transformation and root research


Highlights from NIAB Open Day

Matt Milner promoting collaborative and translational @CINTRIN_UKIndia into model & crop N response



This month Mariana Fazenda, CINTRIN co-ordinator, spoke to Rita Leavitt, project coordinator PlaNNet: the Plant Nitrogen Network. This is a Research Coordination Network funded by the US National Science Foundation that aims to connect N-researchers around the world in order to coordinate efforts to solve the dual problems of N in agriculture.

PlaNNet activities will include: (i) development of this information portal for hundreds of N-research groups and other stake-holders around the world; (ii) annual Workshops-Without-Walls, virtual meetings that will involve hundreds of participants in presentations, discussions, and consensus-building related to plant-N research and development; and (iii) satellite workshops at major conferences focused on specific aspects of plant N and agriculture.

CINTRIN is featured in PlaNNet WEBSITE. You can have your profile in PlanNET website by registering


Nitrogen-efficient crops on the horizon: Can we grow more with fewer emissions?

JIRCAS-ICRISAT collaboration on BNI research in sorghum; collaborators from ICRISAT and JIRCAS (left to right) with sorghum BNI trail in background



CINTRIN postdoc Stephanie Smith wins GARNet travel award to attend MONOGRAM 2017 and promote her translational work

Read GARNish article here


CINTRIN: a truly translational centre



Spotlight on NIAB research and the transformation facility in June’s GARNish Wheat issue (edition 27)

Read it here:


Building the CINTRIN Network together with “promoting women in crop science”


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

Listen on BBC iPlayer Radio:


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

Watch this video from GRDC

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.
Find out how

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