A Decade of Innovation: Agri-Tech Week 2023. How was it?
► Research to tackle the impacts of climate change
This year marked a significant milestone in genetic technology as the Genetic Technology Precision Breeding Act came into force. At Norwich Research Park, researchers spotlighted genetic research on peas to reduce toxicity and identify root rot risks and explored soil carbon fate models. Earlham Institute shared their collaborative work with the BBRO, merging the genetic diversity of 'caveman' beet with the high-performance domesticated version. The event showcased the transformative impact of genetics. Read our short report.
► Heat and Drought
The event at the Essex Innovation Centre highlighted the diverse challenges climate change poses to crops like sugar beet, wine grapes, and onions. Discussions focused on industry coping strategies, including precision irrigation and collaborative research to address water stress and changing weather patterns. Read our short report.
► Integrated Pest Management in action
Farm manager Georgie Bray and agronomist Andrew Christie gave practical insights on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce farm inputs and increase farm biodiversity. The discussion explored how to build an IPM strategy and integrating it on farm using support tools developed in conjunction with ADAS. Read our short report.
► REAP Conference - Adaptation Through Innovation; Beyond the Comfort Zone
Over the ten years the REAP Conference attracts researchers, innovators, government officials, agribusiness leaders and farmers from across the UK and beyond. The day featured insightful discussions from industry experts, technology and research demonstrations from all areas of agriculture in the Exhibition Zone and excellent networking opportunities.
► Gene editing and genetic modification
The event highlighted Rothamsted's Genome-Editing Unit's capabilities, its efforts to develop novel forage crops, and ongoing trials on wheat with reduced acrylamide risk. With the recent enactment of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act, discussions centred on how regulatory changes drive scientific endeavours and the commercialisation of research. Read our short report.
► Explore first-hand how technology is at the root of vegetable consumption
Attracting a gathering of farmers keen to explore robotics and automation, hosted by the RNAA, this event took place at Frederick Hiam HQ. It highlighted the strength of collaborative partnerships, the importance of farm diversification, and the forward-thinking strategies adopted by Frederick Hiam to future-proof their business. Read our short report.
► Crops to products; building those value-chains
Discover the potential of novel crops at NIAB; from speciality oils to hemp construction and plant-based cosmetics, explore the innovative products these crops can offer and the challenges they encounter on the path to commercialisation. Read our short report.