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Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI)

The Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI) is part of BBSRC’s strategy to drive innovation in bioscience in order to help meet the global food security challenge.

HAPI is delivering excellent research with direct relevance to industry. Research users, from breeders to growers to processors, were involved in determining the scope of two HAPI funding calls and co-fund research projects. In total, 32 companies are directly involved with HAPI research.

We have invested £7M in four collaborative projects through two HAPI calls (see related links). The Scottish Government and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) also contributed to this initiative.

HAPI is managed by BBSRC (see downloads) with support from HAPI coordinators the Horticulture Innovation Partnership and the HAPI Steering Group.

Research challenges

In-depth discussion with the horticulture and potato industries identified a number of research areas that are important to companies across this sector.

Two overarching challenges are central to the research challenges:

  • meeting the rising demand for food from a growing global population
  • adapting to changes in our climate

The research challenges identified in consultation with industry are:

  • Changing seasons
  • Crop maturity and spoilage
  • Soil
  • Pests and pathogens
  • Seed quality and vigour
  • Resource use efficiency

External contact

Horticulture Innovation Partnership, HAPI Coordinators