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Baby leaf salad – a growing resource from field to tunnel

Friday 8th November 2019 @ 11:45 am - 4:00 pm

Baby leaf – a growing resource from Field to Tunnel

Evolving salad genetics, innovation in hydroponics, field cultivation of baby leaf, novel cultivation practices and market trends are to be discussed in this interactive workshop hosted by NIAB. Read more about this event in our news story.

Although more than 90 per cent of the greenhouse cultivation of fruit and vegetables has shifted to hydroponics, there is currently no system available for densely grown baby leaf salads. Such a system would improve the efficiency of crop cultivation while providing improved control of pests and diseases. This workshop will look at the potential for growing baby leaf in this way. Salad crops are required all year around, so delivering this cost-effectively without the need to import over the winter months will help improve the competitiveness of the industry. This Agri-Tech Week event will look at evolving salad genetics, innovation in hydroponics, field cultivation of baby leaf, novel cultivation practices and market trends.

11:45    Registration and refreshments

12:05    Introduction and welcome –  Dr Lydia Smith, Director, NIAB Innovation Farm and Eastern AgriTech Innovation Hub

12:20   Root traits in lettuce and rocket breeding – Justin Roberts, Vegetable Breeder, Elsoms

12:45   Outdoor baby leaf production; the next chapter of an ever-changing field! – Robert Parker, Leafy Salad Crop Manager, G’s Fresh

1:10       Break, refreshments and networking

1:40   Innovation in hydroponic and soilless cultivation – Arnoud Witteveen, CTO, Saturn Bioponics

2: 10   Hy4Dense – a Dutch, Belgian and UK partnership to design novel growing systems for leafy salad production – Graham Taylor, Research Scientist, NIAB

2:35   Light quantity and quality can influence crop performance – Jim Stevens, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Essex

3:05   Changing face of cultivation practices – a place for NIAB trials – Hilary Papworth, Senior Technical Manager, NIAB

Discussion: Where is the market growing? Are new crops and practice likely to emerge?

4 Basis CPD points will be available for attendees of this event.

Registration for this event is via NIAB  bit.ly/BabyleafATW19


Friday 8th November 2019
11:45 am - 4:00 pm
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