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In February 2002 BBSRC established a review committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Chris Pollock – Director of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) – to review BBSRC funded research relevant to sustainable agriculture and advise Council how the requirements for such research can be best met in the future.
Professor Pollock presented the conclusions of his committee to Council at its meeting on 8 October and the final report is now published. Council welcomed the report and its helpful recommendations.
The report identifies sustainable agriculture research as an area of key national/strategic importance that fits well with wider Government priorities on sustainable development. Much of the basic biological research funded by BBSRC in the area of plant and animal sciences can contribute to the development of more sustainable agricultural systems.
In conducting the review, the committee consulted widely and was struck by the overwhelming view that a lack of co-ordination and strategic oversight of sustainable agriculture research in the UK is a major barrier. The recommendations in the report therefore focus largely on actions to improve delivery and co-ordination of research in this area.